Newbies: Are you stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated???

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If you're fairly new to Internet marketing, making your first dollar or first hundred or thousand dollars can sometime seem impossible. You read about the big guys making tens-of-thousands of dollars a month and their sales pages hypnotize you into believing anyone can do that if they buy their program.

It's not that easy. It is very, very unlikely that any one product will make you rich. It takes work to make money online. A lot of that work involves getting an education. That might involve buying a few programs, but if you are dedicated you can learn most of what you need to know by just doing free research online.

You have to pay your dues in Internet marketing. But those dues don't have to be paid in cash. They can be paid in time and hard work and doing research on your own.

Find the big guru types in your niche and watch what they do. Watch how they do it. You won't make the big time overnight. You can't learn everything all at once. And another thing: If you're into buying books from the IM superstars look more at what the big guys do than what they say. Follow a handful of big-timers and see how the do their email marketing, look at the types of products they promote and how they promote them. Learn from that.

I also want to mention free stuff. I've bought a lot of stuff through the years--some of it very good and some of it utter garbage. But some of the very best material I've picked up has been free. Let me preface this by saying I have no connection with any of these people--I'm not promoting their products in any way. Having said that...

Probably a year or so ago I was doing some research into list building. Of course I Googled up "list building" and the #1 site that came up was one by Tellman Knudsen. I was impressed so I visited his blog and read a lot of his material.

He offered a free 30+ page book about list building and email marketing that he and Shawn Casey put together. You know the gig--you give up your name and email and you can download the book. It was called "The Great Extinction". I probably read it five times that night. And to be honest, I could sum up the entire contents in one short sentence. (I choose not to, however.) But that one tiny ebook was filled with some real gems--one in particular. And I thought to myself, these guys not only have written about this topic, they actually do what they write about. I know they do because I am on their lists. That makes me sit up and pay attention to what they say.

A month or so ago I opted into a list of Anik Singal. In exchange for my name and email I got his 158 page "Empire Formula" ebook. I would have to say that over the past three years this product (which is free) is without a doubt the very best thing I've run across. Again, after reading this thing, I said to myself, he's not only writing about this stuff--he actually does it! Again, that makes me pay attention.

There are tons of free things out there if you take the time to find them. Some are gold, like the two I mentioned.

One other tip--it's something I do myself. I look for people who have had a hugely successful first product launch. I might buy their product, but what I am more interested is what they were doing and what they were trying to learn before they launched their product. What?

Sure, suppose a person launches a product and it is their first huge success. Let's suppose they did this in May of 2009. I would go to forums they frequented and see if they posted questions. What were they trying to learn in the months preceding their launch. Don't glance over this. This can be a huge learning experience. Often you can learn the kinds of things they were trying to learn before they launched their product--often while they were still working on it.

This can give you clues as to the missing pieces they were trying to put together as they were developing their product. Those missing pieces may well be the same missing pieces you are looking for right now.

More than that. You can go to YouTube or eZineArticles and see what they were writing about or making videos about before they make the leap into superstar status. This can be revealing too!

One thing you can do is to pick a very specific aspect of marketing products online and make yourself an expert by actually doing it and getting good, no--getting very, very good at it and they creating a product based upon your expertise. There are zillions of topics you could learn about in any niche. Here are just a few to think about.

membership sites
list building
link building
traffic generation
video marketing article marketing
email marketing
product development
developing PLR products
joint ventures
pay-per-click advertising
copywriting
niche blogging
AdSense
website design
SEO
banner advertising
eZine publishing
podcasting
FaceBook marketing
Amazon affiliate marketing
selling on ebay
forum marketing
offline marketing

No one knows everything about everything. But one can learn a lot about one specific thing. Make yourself an expert at one particular thing and then monitize that knowledge by creating products showing others how to master the topic as well.

This isn't the magnum opus on successful online marketing. It's just a collection of some ideas. When you start out it's easy to get overwhelmed by everything. Take baby steps, but take steps that lead to learning some important skills that will help you down the road to building your empire.

Hope that helps. Don't think it will hurt . --Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author fazlerocks
    Newbie require such type of guidance.. They will learn a lot from your thread!!
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  • Profile picture of the author B-Rye
    Great information...Taking action is always very important!
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  • Profile picture of the author djdelae
    Thanks Mike for that newbie pep talk! I too went through the Empire Building report written by Anik and also found it to be excellent. Especially for the price . Now if I can only get you to share that one line summary of Tellman's report? That would be something.

    Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Customerservice
      Hi Mike, thank you for this wonderful advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
      Originally Posted by djdelae View Post

      Thanks Mike for that newbie pep talk! I too went through the Empire Building report written by Anik and also found it to be excellent. Especially for the price . Now if I can only get you to share that one line summary of Tellman's report? That would be something. Thanks again.


      I have looked all over for a page where you you can still download the report--but to no avail. But you can get some of Tellman's cool stuff at: 101 Ways To Build a List of Highly Quialified Leads!

      It goes without saying you'll have to opt in.

      Without giving up too much of the Great Extinction report, the biggest tip Shawn gave Tellman to kick start his career was...

      "Send an email every single day to your list, and you will
      dramatically increase your ability to make money, just
      exponentially."


      If, and I know this is unlikely, you are not familiar with Shawn Casey, you can learn more for free at his blog that you get out of 90% of the $97 ebooks you buy. Shawn Casey | Internet Marketing
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    Good on ya Mike well said !
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  • Profile picture of the author mgbtiger
    No need to feel overwhelmed or on your own with M.O.B.S. you can earn some quick cash and then move onto Gary's full step by step system.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyAG
    When I first started learning about internet marketing I did feel like it was too much. I took things step by step and now I'm about to launch my first website.
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  • Really well put man!
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  • Profile picture of the author Renee Dashner
    Thanks so much! It can be overwhelming and I have begun to do the research on my own - after getting sucked into some dubious programs. I've found this forum to be especially helpful and have already posted some questions. I'm sure they seemed a bit silly, but you don't know if you don't ask.

    Renee
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  • Profile picture of the author AdmiralGloom
    Thank you! I really enjoyed reading all of this :]
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    Thank u!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    Thank you to those who commented. I appreciate your thoughts. For those who are relatively new and working out the wrinkles in your profit funnels, just remember what it's like starting out. Maybe you when you make the superstar status you can reach out and help a few others get on the right track.

    Like anything else in life, usually, the more you give the better you feel.

    My Blessings, Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author obadiahfenix
    Agreed with every word Mike said, plus as a newbie (and I still am one) I found that two key behaviors brought me the greatest returns in terms of useful knowledge gained:

    1) Getting out of my comfort zone

    2) Taking risks. Not just monetary risks, but risks in terms of time, reputation and rejection.

    So take action, but don't stay in your comfort zone or you'll find that you have been running around in circles.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
      Originally Posted by obadiahfenix View Post

      Agreed with every word Mike said, plus as a newbie (and I still am one) I found that two key behaviors brought me the greatest returns in terms of useful knowledge gained:

      1) Getting out of my comfort zone
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      2) Taking risks. Not just monetary risks, but risks in terms of time, reputation and rejection.


      So take action, but don't stay in your comfort zone or you'll find that you have been running around in circles.


      In the movie Broadcast News with Holly Hunter and William Hurt, Hurt's character asks the question, "What will you do when your real life exceeds the life of your dreams?"

      I love that quote. And I think there's something to it! Look, we've all failed at things in our lives. Everyone! We learn how to deal with failure and disappointment as we age.

      But I really think there is a fear of success as well! What? Sure, most people never come to face the success they dream off. I think there is a certain fear of that. We must all strive to overcome the fear of success.

      And stepping outside of one's comfort zone is a big part of that. The greatest successes in life often come when we dare to step close to the edge of chaos, away from what we are comfortable with, and stare the spectre of potential failure down and say, (In the words of Og Mandino) The Slaughterhouse Of Failure Is Not My Destiny!

      Admittedly, it takes a set of brass balls to do that. But the rewards are worth it. Watch where you step, but step boldly with anticipation of great things! --Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author RichJames
        Mike,
        Thanks for taking the time to share this. I'm going to take a step back and do some research as you suggest.
        Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Originally Posted by Nickitta View Post

    It can seem impossible but it is very much achievable. I am a newbie (2 months in IM) and I have already started making money. I think all newbies should understand the importance of first getting basic internet marketing skills (how to create a site, how to generate traffic, etc.)

    Without these skills they could spend months if not years sweating and struggling.

    My plan was to take the easy option. I chose a program where everything is already setu-up for me, the only think I need to do is generate traffic. Easy! There is a FREE beginners 26 videos course in my signature link which will help newbies getting those much needed Internet Marketing skills.

    All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author jvman
    I also want to say STOP thinking about whats gunna work best and why just go DO THIS STUFF like Don Crowther says. Also take some advice from Rich Scheffron make sure you focus all your energy on 1 thing at a time because if you focus too much on say 5 projects at any 1 time it will take you 5 times as long to start earning money. Focus on 1 and you will make money 5 times quicker. Trust been there done it were the two year t-shirt folks
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  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    This is what a thread should be made of. You're such a great help for newcomers like us. Kudos to you, Mike.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimspeed
    WOW- i just picked up this book and read it .. .Got it at EmpireFormula.com - tons of content for...FREE??
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    Thanks for the info Mike. The Empire Formula is awesome!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAnthony
    Many internet marketing 'experts' who've got even a little bit of 'successful' experience doing online marketing would tell you that 'taking the first step' is important also equally crucial is staying focus on the path... learn and try to get into the next level.

    But the 'staying focus' requires 'incentive' without motivation and encouragement one tend to loose focus.

    By that I mean, for Newbies they should do two things, i.e., Learn & Earn along the way of achieving that next level.

    The best way is to get the help of Automated tools / software that can bring traffic that means better conversions ultimately Money (sometime insane $$$) in your pocket, while you're learning to be a better Internet Marketer along the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Good info Mike all the newbies out there should find your thread quite useful. Your main point is making money online is not easy and you are dead on its hard work in the beginning.

    Getting everything set up etc... But it is a very real reality if you know what you are doing. Lazy people need not apply.....

    It takes work, learning on a daily basis, a good niche, keyword research, learning how to drive traffic, yadda yadda yadda.....

    But all you newbies reading this if you stick to your game plan and keep at it you can make some good money down the line. Just be prepared to work for it. Nothing comes easy in life and Internet marketing is no different.

    If you enjoy what you are doing you will never work a day in your life. I am lucky enough to say I do.

    Great post.
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