Want To Make Money This Week? Here's How

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I haven't been around so much lately, mostly because I've had a shift in my mentality regarding my online business. And, as much as I've missed you warriors, I needed to get some stuff figured out.

It used to be that I needed everything to be perfect. I wanted the whole system planned out and ready to go so I could just push play and let 'er rock...

Problem was, I spent about 50 X the amount of time on something that I needed to. I'd analyze the process until I was blue in the face. Lots of people call it analysis paralysis.... but this was worse than that because a lot of times I'd design something (sales funnel, email campaign, etc) based solely on assumption and it would turn out to be a huge waste of time.

It ended up that I was just never making any money. I was spinning my wheels.

So here's how I changed that, and within a DAY I had made more than what I made the entire previous week.

Step 1. DO something sloppy... I mean put your idea together in the most rudimentary way possible that makes it work, and is "good enough". Make it function just enough to get by if you have to... just get it moving and let it run for a little bit.

Step 2. Analyze the process. Does it work? Where are the bottle necks? What can be refined? What is unnecessary? If it makes you a single penny, how can you make the process more efficient and multiply the effort?

Step 3. Optimize and make changes. Refine what isn't working so well. Get rid of processes that aren't working. Update old stuff that could use improvement.

Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.



The important part about this whole post is step 1, people. Stop analyzing and trying to perfect. Get a basic concept of what you want to do moving ASAP! You can always refine and improve later.

I know, it's cliche the whole "take action" thing, but damn it... it's true. 99% of you know far more than you need to know to actually start making money. Take the knowledge you ALREADY have and put it to use... then, when you learn from that ACTION... apply the new knowledge to what you've already done.

Now go make some money!!!
#make #money #week
  • Profile picture of the author Peter May
    Great post and just at the right time. I have been READY to start a new project for a few days now instead of just starting it and it is all down as you said trying to perfect the process before even starting instead of starting then improving.

    Thanks for your post it has just given me the kick I needed.
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by Peter May View Post

      Great post and just at the right time. I have been READY to start a new project for a few days now instead of just starting it and it is all down as you said trying to perfect the process before even starting instead of starting then improving.

      Thanks for your post it has just given me the kick I needed.

      Awesome! Glad I could help out!
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  • Profile picture of the author Keithsco
    Nice . . .

    can I sum this up in a few words please?

    Create . . . promote . . . tweak . . repeat

    Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by Keithsco View Post

      Nice . . .

      can I sum this up in a few words please?

      Create . . . promote . . . tweak . . repeat

      Regards

      Pretty much, but I think the hardest part to get over is that very first step. That very sloppy, puttin'-it-out-there-ASAP just to test things, speed bump that many people don't ever make it over.

      Choose a direction, and put something together. A proof of concept. Then build it and make it work, even if it doesn't work well... The point is to get it to market ASAP.
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      • Profile picture of the author Keithsco
        Originally Posted by mr2monster View Post

        Pretty much, but I think the hardest part to get over is that very first step. That very sloppy, puttin'-it-out-there-ASAP just to test things, speed bump that many people don't ever make it over.

        Choose a direction, and put something together. A proof of concept. Then build it and make it work, even if it doesn't work well... The point is to get it to market ASAP.
        ya . . I agree with this. so many people get bogged down in the info overload thing its not funny - espesh with so many different ways of promoting something.
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  • Profile picture of the author smartalex4
    Sounds good. It's a new year, sounds like a great time to start a new tactic to improve my sites/
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonixrises
    Originally Posted by mr2monster View Post

    It used to be that I needed everything to be perfect. I wanted the whole system planned out and ready to go so I could just push play and let 'er rock...

    Problem was, I spent about 50 X the amount of time on something that I needed to. I'd analyze the process until I was blue in the face. Lots of people call it analysis paralysis.... but this was worse than that because a lot of times I'd design something (sales funnel, email campaign, etc) based solely on assumption and it would turn out to be a huge waste of time.

    It ended up that I was just never making any money. I was spinning my wheels.
    Congrats on turning things around!

    This is SO TRUE. It was also the same way for me for a very long time. I can be too much of a perfectionist and I completely stop myself from doing much of anything.

    Even starting to post on these forums has been difficult, because I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to say the "right things." I've noticed some people on here can get a bit snarky if you're too much of a "newbie."

    As it turns out, I think I've learned that even if I make a fool out of myself now and then, it's better to just get out there than always wonder what could have happened. I've learned that it's a pretty false sense of safety anyway.

    I feel like I'm finally able to move forward, so thanks for the extra little bit of encouragement. I'm already doing much better, just like you were in your experience.

    Now if only I could get my husband to open up to this, too... :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author ss442
      "Exactly right", spending too much time watching and reading and not enough time just doing and testing or at least trying.

      It wasn't until I started spending hours posting ads that that I realized that is what is needed. Stop studying and just "Work".
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        • Profile picture of the author doop
          Totally agree with this - been thinking of so many ideas that would be awesome but I'm such a perfectionist that hardly any of them see the light of day!

          Here's a sloppy idea that I've just put up:

          IM Dash - Internet Marketing Dashboard

          Feedback would be great!
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          • Profile picture of the author ELK
            In the spirit of "just go" (as I posted earlier), I am currently riding the bucking bronco of a newly formed word press website. Stumbled around with the theme a bit and I still need to customize my About page, but basically I think it will work!

            All that for just *doing it* this morning and focusing on functionality, not a preconceived idea of how it is "supposed to" look. Need to do a little more basic writing and I can start legitimately promoting this thing and build a list. I have NEVER done that before (the list building), so it's a ride into the unknown for me. But it's a hurdle I've jumped and that's the great part.

            I can move forward one step at a time, and so can you!!
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  • Profile picture of the author TomB
    To be perfect doesn't always mean to control everything sometimes you just have to let it go. It sees you just did. Congratulation. State of mind in the key to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author arslih
    When it comes to making money online, I believe that there are literally a million ways to do it. The only things stopping you is your creativity and your willingness to both learn quickly act upon what you have learned.
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  • I love this! I catch myself sometimes planning too much and forget the importance of implementation. Thanks for the motivation.
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    • Profile picture of the author joma12
      hi I think you are right often we want to be to perfect but in the end it looks so perfect and professional that even the future buyer is afraid off and run away from the offer.

      Of course it should not look messy either only clean and understandable for a novice so he can figure out that it will be useful for him or he can make a profit with it. Than he will buy or do you buy things that you think they are not useful for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author ELK
    Can I double "thank" this post? Exactly my greatest frustration with myself - getting bogged down in my own muck of perfectionism. I know when I am in "just write" mode, things flow better. When I start trying to pin it all down before it even comes out, that's when I get tangled up.

    Oh, the horror of putting something up online without it being checked over a hundred times like your biggest school reports! Once you handed that puppy in, there was no second chance. The teacher gave you your one and only review, the single and final judgment on your work.

    This IS different - you can always go back and the editing doesn't have to stop once you "hand it in" to the internet! Spell check and readable grammar, yeah. Master's thesis?? No (as least not in the first week!).

    Just go!
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
    Never really thought of it that way, but that's pretty much what I do these days to get the ball rolling. Works too!

    The one thing I really like to do is kinda find a system/pattern that's working for me ... and then model that for all the new quickie projects. Let it play out for a bit & see what's happening. Then start tweaking it. It works, and I'm always able to find tweaks that make me more money.

    And that's coming from me, a dude that's super specific about having things "just right". I finally had to just start getting things out there, and then tweak later to get results coming in faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Really great post. Its very true, you just have to get started. Once you get the ball rolling then you can make changes as needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author VoyagerMike
    This is the model I aspire too. Reminds me a little of the Tony Robbin's Master Success Formula. I am working on getting this very course of action accomplished, hoping to turn up my 1st affiliate site very soon, market the heck out of it and learn as I go.
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    Hey,
    i think you are right..the first part is always difficult for most people.thanks for sharing though.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnPeter
    Now thats why we keep getting version .2 or .3 for many products. the iPhones & iPads will continue with this trend too. Time to ADD/TWEAK my products.
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by pheonixrises View Post

      Congrats on turning things around!

      ....
      As it turns out, I think I've learned that even if I make a fool out of myself now and then, it's better to just get out there than always wonder what could have happened. I've learned that it's a pretty false sense of safety anyway.
      Thanks! And you're totally right.. making a fool of yourself is often times much more "safe" than sitting back and not doing anything because you're scared.

      Originally Posted by blueseagullmarketing View Post

      I love this! I catch myself sometimes planning too much and forget the importance of implementation. Thanks for the motivation.
      Glad I could help. I still have to catch myself over and over again.. Bad habits die hard, but are definitely killable.

      Originally Posted by ELK View Post

      Can I double "thank" this post? Exactly my greatest frustration with myself - getting bogged down in my own muck of perfectionism. I know when I am in "just write" mode, things flow better. When I start trying to pin it all down before it even comes out, that's when I get tangled up.

      Oh, the horror of putting something up online without it being checked over a hundred times like your biggest school reports! Once you handed that puppy in, there was no second chance. The teacher gave you your one and only review, the single and final judgment on your work.

      This IS different - you can always go back and the editing doesn't have to stop once you "hand it in" to the internet! Spell check and readable grammar, yeah. Master's thesis?? No (as least not in the first week!).

      Just go!
      Content creation is one of my least favorite aspects of this business.. but I've found if I just wake up in the morning and write, no matter how crappy, I get inspired and suddenly I can create better content.

      I've also noticed that the more content I create, the better that content becomes. Keep truckin'!

      Originally Posted by KevinTorrence View Post

      Never really thought of it that way, but that's pretty much what I do these days to get the ball rolling. Works too!

      The one thing I really like to do is kinda find a system/pattern that's working for me ... and then model that for all the new quickie projects. Let it play out for a bit & see what's happening. Then start tweaking it. It works, and I'm always able to find tweaks that make me more money.

      And that's coming from me, a dude that's super specific about having things "just right". I finally had to just start getting things out there, and then tweak later to get results coming in faster.
      Exactly. That's why it's so important to learn by doing and then use that knowledge to improve the other aspects of your business. This way you're not operating on strictly assumptions.

      Originally Posted by ShawnPeter View Post

      Now thats why we keep getting version .2 or .3 for many products. the iPhones & iPads will continue with this trend too. Time to ADD/TWEAK my products.
      yep.

      Ever noticed that big companies almost always have a "beta" mode.. Car models of the first years almost always have recalls... software almost always has updates shortly after initial release... etc...?

      I never saw it this way until just recently.

      There's no better way than to stick it out there, and determine if the idea is viable and workable. Then hustle and improve it using user feedback and data obtained.


      Glad you guys liked this post. It's been brewing in my mind for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author Truckster
    New Year....new start

    I am going to get organised....when I get time!
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    • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
      Originally Posted by scottfair View Post

      Very interesting and unique slant on things! Never thought I'd hear someone advise anyone to 'do something sloppy' as you describe in your step 1. But on the other hand you are so right. People, myself included, waste so much time trying to perfect their 'pitch' that they get bogged down. Good Luck to you!

      Haha.. yeah, the key is that you go back and improve it. I don't advocate throwing crap out there with no intention of improving it, but sometimes the easiest way to tell if something is going to work is to just put it out there and gauge the interest.

      I know I've spent days upon days trying to perfect things that ended up being complete flops... on several occasions! What it equated to ultimately was me wasting a bunch of time on something that wasn't ever going to succeed anyway when i could have put something out there that was "good enough" and figured that out MUCH quicker, and then moved on to other things that worked for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author copylicious
    thanks for sharing these ideas. you way of going around it seems unique!
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