What's the biggest mistake a newbie can make?

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Hey guys,

I wanted to create this thread to educate newbies. Most of them are making mistakes and don't even know it. Maybe it'll help if someone with experience told them where they're going wrong...We all should have something to add because we were all newbies at one point and we've all made mistakes

I'm going to start this by saying....I've been earning a living online for 10 years. I have not had to work for anyone during that time. I'm 33 years old now. It was nice to live through my twenties without a care and lots of money to blow....but, one thing that keeps haunting me is my failure to build a list. I believe having a list to market to is 100% essential in this business. It took me years to realize this. The fast money doesn't last forever. You need a foundation....that foundation is your list....

My advice to newbies, learn how to build an email list...please!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    Yep, I had that same problem Ken. I would get frustrated if I didn't see the results I wanted to see within a week, then I'd jump to another project. It's very important to focus on one thing and master it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
    My biggest mistake was thinking that this was going to be easy. Finally I snapped at my year of failure and sat behind the computer for days reading and reading and reading some more.

    When I first started seriously marketing I was going to work from 8:30am to 5pm, ate dinner when I got home and worked from 6PM till midnight or 1AM every night on my sites, niches, and marketing plans. It wasn't until then that I started to make a steady income, and even then it was worth pennies per hour.

    This stuff was hard when I first started and today I get to enjoy my evenings as everything has been built and just grows while I monitor it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vstar00
    yeah, jumping to too many different ideas is a big thing. Also forking out lots of cash on paid advertising before understanding exactly what your doing
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    I've been doing this for 15 years now, so I haven't made the biggest mistake yet.

    And that mistake is GIVING UP, NEVER GIVE UP!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
      Originally Posted by CyberSorcerer View Post

      I've been doing this for 15 years now, so I haven't made the biggest mistake yet.

      And that mistake is GIVING UP, NEVER GIVE UP!!!
      This as well. I remember I was about to shut down one of my sites when I first started because I went to page two to check to see if it was still there. It wasn't... and I was about to give up. I even went to the host to cancel the hosting plan, but their cancellation form wasn't loading that day.

      It was two days later I realized that the site had hit page one and I just hadn't seen it. I remember being so happy the "cancellation request form" was unavailable just 48 hours prior.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    Perhaps the biggest mistake you CAN do is to setup a new adwords account with a huge daily limit and high bids, leaving it unattended while on vacation, only to find your credit card can't pay your hotel bill.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Thinking that there is a magic pill that. you can just press the button and you will have a auto pilot business. I think that is the biggest mistake.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
      Originally Posted by webapex View Post

      Perhaps the biggest mistake you CAN do is to setup a new adwords account with a huge daily limit and high bids, leaving it unattended while on vacation, only to find your credit card can't pay your hotel bill.
      Um... Did that happen to you? Because THAT would royally suck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
      Since we're talking about providing advice for 'newbies', then I think the best advice would be:

      1. Become familiar with all the different opportunities there are regarding affiliate/internet marketing, pick one that is of the most interest to you, and then become an expert regarding that one aspect as quickly as possible!

      2. NEVER - NEVER - NEVER...Give Up!
      Whether you want to make $10 a day or $10,000 a day, NEVER give into the temptation that you can't accomplish whatever goals you set for yourself!

      3. Realize that working from home as your own boss is NOT something that is going to come easily...nor quickly and that you'll have to put in the time and effort to truly reach whatever goals you've set for yourself!
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    • Profile picture of the author Vince L
      Originally Posted by webapex View Post

      Perhaps the biggest mistake you CAN do is to setup a new adwords account with a huge daily limit and high bids, leaving it unattended while on vacation, only to find your credit card can't pay your hotel bill.
      OUCH!!! Thats a big mistake...

      I'd say the biggest mistake is not using WF to educate yourself or even worse, educating yourself but then NOT doing anything with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JHC81
    I agree with Ken, ive been doing this for 4 year working from home online.... and I stick to one method and work hard, and i don't pay attention to all the money making systems out there that claim I can make a million in my sleep, well i do make money in my sleep but you know what i mean lol
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  • Profile picture of the author jamjar919
    Leaping from eBook to eBook and not applying anything I learnt.
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    • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
      The mistakes I made when I first started out was I didn't begin building an email list right away. Also I hopped from course to course. This went on for about a year, but it was definitely a learning experience.
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      • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
        Hi,

        I think a big mistake isn't having goals and not having a plan.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Originally Posted by Ken Rogers View Post

    My biggest mistake was always trying different things without putting in the effort to make sure one worked. I always tried to bounce from method to method always thinking the next would work better or be easier.

    I finally started making money when I stuck to one method and worked at it until it made me money.
    I had a similar issue Ken. When I made the decision to make money with one method, I stuck with it until I made money.

    Also, the lure of trying to get rich quick is a problem to watch out for. You make money in exact proportion to the value you add to the marketplace.

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    • Profile picture of the author donhx
      I think the biggest newbie mistake is doing nothing. Action is required.
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      • Profile picture of the author LinkPark
        Originally Posted by donhx View Post

        I think the biggest newbie mistake is doing nothing. Action is required.
        Exactly! Couldn't have said it better! ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    I think one big mistake that newbies make is skimming. You read over something and skim. Then you try it and it doesnt work - because you missed one very important detail... or whatever. The bottom line is that there is a lot to learn and understand and you have got to get your hands dirty and put in the hours and hours (and hours) necessary to learn it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Beatrice
      I think one big mistake that newbies make is skimming.
      Absolutely true!

      I also found that when starting a thread in the forum (raising a specific query) it is important to read all the answers and keep reading all the updates as the solution could well be found in one of the post
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    Information overload is a big problem that newbies face. 'Gurus' keep coming up with products every single day, so for the newbie, the question is who should they follow? The danger is not to focus on one system, one approach, but to keep jumping from one guru method to another, but not accomplishing anything in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Everything already said, but also very fundamental is a lot of newbies don't realise the need for keyword research. The other thing is making sites and trying to monetise them out of the gate. It usually fails.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Newbies often will buy IM products because of all the hype, then quickly grow bored with it when something else is flashed in their face. Not staying focused is a big problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author deertrail
      Mistaking endless research for work.

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  • Profile picture of the author Komrad87
    The biggest mistake I made was buying to many domains, then just letting them sit there and then before I know it they have to be renewed. Start small and put them to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Great advice, Bill. I'd venture to say that listbuilding is probably one of the most unglamorous topics to the fresh newbie, as it takes quite a bit of time to build properly, and just about every newbie that I know of wants to see results now - which obviously isn't going to happen with listbuilding.
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  • Profile picture of the author samuelfellten
    So what exactly is the biggest mistake when setting up an internet business? It's not understanding what all is involved before you jump right in. Might sound rather silly but a lot of people head to the internet with a dream of making a ton of money because they've read all the hype about how easy and possible it is. The problem is, it's only hype. So people start buying one informational product after another trying to find that golden nugget that's going to tell them exactly what it is that they need to do in order to have success. I hate to break it to you but it just doesn't exist.
    Depending on which direction you chose to go will depend on what types of programs or services will be required. If you decide to start the easiest way, which is doing affiliate marketing, you can learn the ropes promoting other people's products without having to have your own domain name, website, hosting service or autoresponder series. It's crucial that you have all of those if building any other type of internet business.
    You can still promote products based on your hobby, your passion or skill sets that you are familiar with because this will give you a step above the rest due to the fact that you are already knowledgeable in those areas. But it will also give you the time to learn the industry which consists of who your target market is, where you can locate them, how you are going to promote your products to them, how you are going to get them on your list, how you are going to build relationships with them and what other types of products you can promote to them in your particular niche. See, there is a lot involved.
    I hope this article helped you understand the biggest mistake when setting up an internet business. Hey, we all wanted to make our fortune yesterday but this is a learning process just like everything else. Take your time, learn the industry and you will be well on your way to a successful internet business.
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  • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
    Not learning from failures and trying to reinvent the wheel.
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    Not acting and thinking that everything has to be just perfect for it to work...
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  • Profile picture of the author flowers4love
    In my opinion the biggest mistake a newbie can make is overestimate his abilities and underestimate the difficulties in internet marketing. Before one has actually got down to the nitty-gritty of all those "little" things needed for a successful internet business, things seem so simple. But the truth is that a lot of work and effort is needed to get an enterprise to bring conversions. Newbies tend to have wonderful ideas which are difficult or even impossible to implement.
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  • Profile picture of the author tandren544
    The biggest mistake newbies make, easily, is giving up too easily or changing direction too fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author FatterMike
    Getting too many information and advice from the wrong and unreliable sources. Taking every advice I can find was the biggest mistake I made as a newbie, it made me unfocused and ruin the whole plan.

    I also say it's a mistake if you're an online marketer and you don't join this forum or at least visit this forum regularly even if you're not a member. Some of the best advices I have implemented so far came from this forum and one of my main source of income is actually from one of the programs I bought in WSO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Micallef
    Personally, I think it's essential to make mistakes in this business. As long as you don't make the same mistake twice, all you are doing is cultivating your level of experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author tgo
    Awesome post! I am pretty much a newbie, and I tell ya it is very difficult finding how to get started. There is so much information out there, and alot of it is bad or not what you should be trying to learn starting out. Heck, I am having trouble just setting up a squeeze page, registration page, download page, etc just to try to start up a list. I have spent all week just trying to get that going.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonsterZero
    Don't go chasing phony quick-riches, business in a box dreams sold to you by hypster gurus who've never made a dime using the system they're selling to YOU.
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  • Profile picture of the author keyuria
    Originally Posted by Ken Rogers View Post

    My biggest mistake was always trying different things without putting in the effort to make sure one worked. I always tried to bounce from method to method always thinking the next would work better or be easier.

    I finally started making money when I stuck to one method and worked at it until it made me money.
    Exactly same thing happened with me And I was getting frustrated every other week for failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris X
    Everyone starts out as a newbie, so did I. And guess what, the worst you can do with yourself is giving up your efforts.

    My advice to all of those newbies, striving to make money, is that pick up one field at a time and stick to it until you make something out of it.
    NEVER GIVE UP!

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason_Lewis
    There's some fantastic advice in this thread already. Here's something else to consider -

    The biggest mistake I made was looking at online marketing as a way to make money. It isn't.

    Building a business is a way to make money. Online marketing is a way to promote that business. I didn't get that at first.

    Sure, just about every day I heard someone say - 'You need to think of this as a business,' but I didn't truly understand what that meant exactly. It wasn't until I struggled for a year and saw little to no results that I finally realized that I was the problem and I needed to reevaluate my approach.

    So I started aggressively studying business. I wanted to know -

    What made one business massively successful while another collapsed within 12 months?
    Why do 80% of all businesses fail within two years?
    Is it luck, timing or some other uncontrollable factor or are there specific things that need to be done in order to ensure success?
    And if the results are controllable, to a greater extent, what factors play a part in achieving those results?

    Here's what I discovered...

    The results are absolutely controllable.

    An outstanding business is run on systems. Each component of the business has a system in place for running it. Remove the operator and replace him/her with someone new and the component still works flawlessly because the system is already in place to make it do so.

    The E-Myth Revisited, a outstanding book by Michael Gerber, uses McDonalds as an example. Anyone who buys a McDonalds franchise receives a manual of systems, already in place, designed so that anyone can learn them and follow them exactly the way it was intended. Every single McDonalds produces the exact same products, consistently, over and over again, because a system was put in place to make that happen. McDonalds is the number one business in the world because of this.

    McDonalds is not the number one business in the world because they produce the best hamburgers in the world. As a matter of fact, most people would claim to be able to make a better hamburger than they do. But McDonalds isn't in the hamburger business. McDonalds is in the business of capturing and keeping customers. People go there because they know exactly what they're going to get every single time. They consistently produce the same results.

    Our businesses should do the same thing.

    That being said, here are some things to consider when getting started online -

    - What need in the marketplace can you help fill, either with your current expertise or by dedicating yourself to becoming an expert in that area?
    - How do you want your business to look five years from now?
    - How will you acheive that? (Work backwards from the end point to where you are now and develop a series of systems to help bridge the gap)
    - What will be your preferred method for getting your message out there? (Videos, CDs, DVDs, Writing, ect.)
    - What skills do you need to develop to achieve all of this?

    These are all important questions to ask when starting out. It may seem overwhelming at first. It certainly was for me. But we have a choice to make. Do I want to just wing it and throw together some things that I learn and hope that it all works out.....or....Do I want to take the time to develop the skills I need to guarantee my success and build a lasting, thriving business that gives me the freedom to live an extraordinary life and make a serious impact in the lives of others?

    We all have 24 hours in a day and we all choose to do whatever it is we wish to do with that time.

    Why not choose to have control over the outcome?

    Just my two cents gathered from learning the hard way. Here's to hoping you have an easier road...
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    Self-deceit is the biggest mistake a newbie can possibly make. It's the worst mistake by my books. He might think that he's enjoying it but he's killing his business, if he really has one, and himself gradually.

    Imagine a newbie that has not made a dime online organizing a webinar or setting up a WSO to teach people how to make $$$$$$ within 7 days - that's self-deceit and it often back-fires.

    It's dangerous, very dangerous.
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    • Profile picture of the author entry
      The biggest mistakes can be, not following a plan, and also following the wrong plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Information overload, coupled with perfectionism, can be a disastrous recipe for incomplete action that doesn't lead you anywhere except around in circles. You should always watch out for these two factors, and I believe that just by being cognizant of them and what they can do to your business, it will help you avoid or at least minimize their effects.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM nice guy
    "What's the biggest mistake a newbie can make?"

    Reading too many threads on online forums like this one, and not taking repeated, consistent action on a proven business model
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    • Profile picture of the author ECMartin
      For me it was definitely giving up on an idea or project too easily, searching for something better. I've been there
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    For me the biggest mistake is to think that websites I had built would automatically attract traffic. Then I finally realized that 99% of sites on the net get NO TRAFFIC AT ALL. I learned about keyword research and this made the difference. I now get traffic, clicks and sales. Easy if you do the research properly.
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    • Profile picture of the author ECMartin
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

      For me the biggest mistake is to think that websites I had built would automatically attract traffic. Then I finally realized that 99% of sites on the net get NO TRAFFIC AT ALL. I learned about keyword research and this made the difference. I now get traffic, clicks and sales. Easy if you do the research properly.
      True. Pathetic, but surprisingly common mistake.
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  • Profile picture of the author wendymay1
    The biggest mistake I made was jumping around into too many programs. I read tons of information. Information overload they call it online.

    In fact you can say that I was wandering around in the cyberspace wilderness.

    I also created a website and paid a certain Company monthly charges in return they promised me traffic. The traffic was not enough to be able to have a sniff of ever buying any products from my website.

    I finally came across a membership website which is fulfilling my dreams.
    The training is superb. Its just what I have been looking for. It is the best quality training that
    I have ever come across.

    The answer in building a website business for now and years to come is to build a list.

    This is the only way to be truly successfull.
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
      I'd say some of the biggest problems I've found are indecision, method hopping, and being overloaded with lame information.

      Indecision: can be crippling if you just jump into things without some research and knowing what you need to do (or even knowing how to research & know what to do)

      Method Hopping: Usually happens when chasing money/magic bullets. We've all done it at one point or the other. This is a sure fire way to waste money, time, and education instead of seeing results and growing them over time.

      Info Overload: Partly from method hopping, partly from indecision, partly from chasing money/ideas, and partly from just not knowing what the heck we're doing! I've always found that going simple, even if not perfect (at first) gets the ball rolling. Staying consistent & following a simple, proven plan will get results. Get good at that one thing, and you'll do better than reading/learning "just one more thing"... there's always "just one more thing" out there.
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    If you want REAL success, don't allow yourself to get distracted by every "next best thing". Focus on ONE good "system", and use it well.
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    Biggest mistake - mortgage your home or property to get money to "invest" in a ponzi scheme or similar "business".
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