How I Make Money Everyday....

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I avoid being overloaded....

I think that many marketers, especially ones that are a little newer tend to
think that everything has to be done and be done right now. This couldn't be further from the truth. While action is important - Organized action is king

When you see people posting here on the forum about not making money or finding the road extremely difficult, I've found that it is for a couple of reasons.

1. They refuse to take ANY action until they understand EVERYTHING
2. They have no plan
3. Their action is not sufficient for their desired results

Let me expand on the things above for a minute.

Number one is probably the most common that I see. I'm willing to bet that many people here will agree with that. People will refuse to take action on any level for the simple reason that they don't have a firm grasp on something that they might have to do a couple days from now. For instance, if someone was setting up an article marketing campaign for a particular product and their plan included a self hosted website and a Squidoo page they won't do either because they are not sure how to use FTP for their self hosted site.

By doing this, you are bringing progress to a screeching hault! The important thing is to get something started. Put up your Lens today and then search for information about how to use FTP to put up your regular site. Either that or see if it might even be cost effective to outsource it. The important thing is to make some progress right away that gets you closer to your goal.

Number two is something that affects many people. Myself included at times. Luckily, I have gotten better at actually getting an outline together for my different projects and sticking to it. However, there are a large number of people that I talk to that have no plan at all. They wake up in the morning and have no clue what they are going to do that day to try to make some cash. Now, some people can work like this, but a large majority of people need to have tasks laid out to complete in order to actually make any progress. This is why so many people get stuck in the rut of working for someone else instead of themselves

The last one is just a matter of not setting expectations correctly. If you plan on making $2,000 a month on a consistent basis, you have to make sure that your actions are sufficient to get you to that point. Submitting one ad to a classified site on a $10 commission product isn't going to cut it in most cases. Therefore, it is important that you take a look around and see what other people are doing to achieve the kind of income that you want.

One thing that I didn't list was the group of people that "over complicates" things to the point that it is impossible to move forward. This falls under the category of "if I don't understand 100% of the process, I just won't do anything". This can be very dangerous. Seriously, I doubt that there are very many people in business that understand every facet of their process to a degree that they are an "expert". In many cases, you can learn things as you go and make changes and alter your efforts accordingly. I think I read somewhere the other day something about it taking 10,000 hours to learn everything, I might be mistaken about the number, but how much money are you losing by doing nothing until you know everything?

If you fall into any of the categories above, do some serious thinking about what you can do today to build your business. Don't let another day go by that you tell yourself "I'm definitely going to get started tomorrow" - GET STARTED TODAY!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alibubble
    Great post Jeremy.

    I would just like to add something about #2.

    Making a plan is definitely important. But just like you don't need to understand everthing 100% to move forward, you also don't need to have a ridiculously detailed or complicated plan.

    Just make it detailed enough that each step of action that needs to be taken is obvious to you as you read it. You don't need to talk about everything in the plan. I have seen people never start something because they were so focused on having an overly complicated plan.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Great insights there Jeremy.

    As the saying goes:
    Q - How do you eat an elephant?
    A - One bite at a time.

    BTW Alibubble, I think your sig file is a bit screwed up. You need to use what is called BB codes in there rather than HTML. A good resource to find the syntax is BBCode tags

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    I think I've lived all three at various times since I made my first dollar online in April 2003.

    Without a doubt, the single biggest obstacle to making a good living online is often ourselves.

    I'm just coming out of a long (3 years) period of number 3, due to the death of someone close to me that I didn't deal with properly. Fortunately previous work done in IM supported me during that period.

    Now that I'm finally out of it (and most of my short-term money makers have collapsed) I'm desperately trying to rebuild before the savings runs out, and now I'm running smack dab into number 2 - developing and sticking to a written plan of attack.

    I'm getting there though.

    Jeremy, just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your posts and your products. You are a refreshing breath of fresh air for someone who has been buried in the IM world for so long (since late 1999) that I've become pretty jaded and cynical about my fellow marketers and their ulterior motives.

    You mentioned that "haterade" in another thread...I'll be your friend anywhere, anyplace, anytime. The honest, moral ethical ones are so damn tough to find, that I end up isolating myself and working underground much more than I'd like.

    ~Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryT
    great post, action always get you some direction and practical knowledge
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by Mari_Quint View Post

      That's me on #1. It's true that I want to understand everything first before taking the plunge. I see the opportunity side of IM but I have to also see the obstacles side of it. Understanding to make sure that my future actions would not be a waste of time and money.
      In cases like this, you just do something small - something that you KNOW WORKS, things like...

      - writing content - what has that ever been a bad thing?
      - Building backlinks - Never hurt anyone
      - Set up a new website - can never have enough of those

      The important thing that people need to understand is that you are not going to FULLY understand everything right off the bat. Hell, a year later and I still scratch my head a few things, but I still do them because I know they work.

      The whole business is a big learning experience. Every time you visit this forum or read anything IM related, chances are good you are going to find another piece of information that you don't completely understand.

      So, what do you do?

      Put that type of information on the back burner and move forward with the things you know can generate either income or progress.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          I can't believe I just found this thread.

          Jeremy, great stuff.

          Know how I make money everyday?

          Well, there's this little street corner about 2 blocks from my home. I take
          my dummy Jerry out to the corner along with a tin cup and a bottle of
          Jack Daniels (for Jerry...loosens him up) and we entertain the passersby
          who think we're a little off center.

          Works like a charm.
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  • Profile picture of the author melanied
    Great post! My biggest challenge in my business is that I have a tendency to get so excited about the next idea or project that I don't fully follow through on the current one. When I was able to discipline myself to complete a project before moving on, that made a HUGE difference in my business!
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    • Profile picture of the author kristinecpa
      Originally Posted by melanied View Post

      Great post! My biggest challenge in my business is that I have a tendency to get so excited about the next idea or project that I don't fully follow through on the current one. When I was able to discipline myself to complete a project before moving on, that made a HUGE difference in my business!
      Ditto... although I'm still working on the discipline part
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Jeremy:

    Solid post. Also, I would add the old nugget that most people don't plan to fail, the simply fail to plan.
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    Thanks, very good information.
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  • Profile picture of the author D.K. Magnus
    Understanding a FTP came close to stopping me.

    It definately slowed me down.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      I hear that - It was almost 8 months before I had my "own site"

      Originally Posted by D.K. Magnus View Post

      Understanding a FTP came close to stopping me.

      It definately slowed me down.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamv
      Originally Posted by D.K. Magnus View Post

      Understanding a FTP came close to stopping me.

      It definately slowed me down.
      That's funny because I struggled with FTP for awhile too. My art website which I've had online for over 3 years was done the hard way of manually uploading files one by one.

      It wasn't until I started getting into other areas of IM in the last 6 months that I was forced to learn FTP and now it seems like the easiest thing in the world and is light years faster than manual upload.

      So many things are (or seem) incredibly difficult and then once you work your way through them a couple of times those same things seem incredibly easy.

      @ Jeremy,
      Another great post. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    Excellent points here,

    I learned long ago if you wait until you master something to start trying it, you'll get left in the dust. I look back now on my first websites and shutter, but if I didn't make those mistakes I would not have been able to move forward.

    On the same token, when you do make mistakes don't let them break you, just get back up on that horse! The IM field is full of bumps in the road.

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  • Profile picture of the author zeppb
    Great post Jeremy. The things you mentioned are so true.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoTrends
    Great post Jeremy,

    I've been online for a while and find parts of myself in all the categories you listed above.

    I guess it's a thing where you have to decide to really go for it and not just procrastinate.

    Others have made tons of money and really they're not all that spectacular or anything, they just took action and got rewarded for it.

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  • Profile picture of the author easysleazy
    I've been guilty of number 1 for as long as I can remember...

    Action jackson!
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  • Profile picture of the author zerofill
    #1 is one we see way too much. Understanding will come with doing. The people that sit there and try to constantly become a master of something before they even start to work on it...usually fail. Because they become burned out or bored with just trying to completely and totally understand why they are doing something before they implement anything.

    The reason people are showing them what to do is so they can be successful while learning. Lights come on and things click as you do them.

    I used to be the same way...as a programmer it was a mentality you get stuck in. You have to change that mentality because IM and programming are two different worlds.

    I wish more people would just follow steps without trying to take in the whole process and understand everything completely before doing anything. They would find it would be easier for them and things would make total sense in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author Plinko
    I suffer from affliction #1. I never think I know enough. And in the quest to get more I forget what I learned.

    You can think of this like music. You can go to school for 3 or 4 years and learn everything there is to know about music theory, counterpoint, harmony, voice leading, etc.

    But you still need to apply it to an instrument and PRACTICE for it to be more than a theory.

    And even if you practice each individual component your whole life, if you never play a song for someone else, then it is all wasted.

    Learn, practice, practice by doing, and finally, do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
      Originally Posted by Plinko View Post

      I suffer from affliction #1. I never think I know enough. And in the quest to get more I forget what I learned.
      Plinko:

      That's not at all uncommon. Folks just have to realize that nobody knows it all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      I am in the process of constructing my 1 year anniversary post here

      In it, I think that many will be surprised by the things that I don't know how to do - which is a lot lol

      However, I do the things that I do know how to do. As an example, if you don't know how to build a website..set up a blogger blog or a Squidoo lens. If you don't know how to write articles, pay someone a couple bucks to do it...

      There are things that can be done every single day that will get you paid

      Originally Posted by Plinko View Post

      I suffer from affliction #1. I never think I know enough. And in the quest to get more I forget what I learned.

      You can think of this like music. You can go to school for 3 or 4 years and learn everything there is to know about music theory, counterpoint, harmony, voice leading, etc.

      But you still need to apply it to an instrument and PRACTICE for it to be more than a theory.

      And even if you practice each individual component your whole life, if you never play a song for someone else, then it is all wasted.

      Learn, practice, practice by doing, and finally, do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Smith
    A lot of good points here Jeremy! Good stuff, keep it up my friend
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  • Profile picture of the author barrytan
    Great posts. Great for those starting out in the world of online business.

    Cheers !
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