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There are probably more than a hundred threads that have been posted in the last few months from people asking where to begin. I thought that it would be nice to put out a checklist that would help a newbie get started and hopefully reduce the number of threads all asking the same question.

NEWBIE CHECKLIST

1. Decide how you want to make money - There are many ways to make money on the Internet. You could market affiliate deals, create your own products, dropship products, AdSense, etc. The list goes on and on. The first step is to decide on a method that interests you. Once you decide on how you want to make money, learn as much as you can about that method here and on other sites. Here's a start.

2. Buy a domain name and get hosting - There are a lot of free places to claim your stake online, like blogger.com and wordpress.com, but why would you want to do that? Those sites are not in your control and you could lose everything at any given time. A domain name will cost you under ten bucks and you can get a baby hosting package for five or six bucks a month. You can start at Hostgator.

3. Learn about list building - One of the biggest mistakes that newbies make is that they do not start building mailing lists the day they start IMing. I don't care if you are selling pooper scoopers to dog owners or information only ebooks, a mailing list is a must. A good way to build a list is to create a product or use a PLR product that you give away as a trade for somebody subscribing to your list. Read up on it and get yourself an autoresponder. I suggest AWeber, which is $1 for the first month and then $19 a month. Here's a start for the lazy.

4. Learn about PLR - PLR stands for Private Label Rights. In a nutshell, it is content written by others that you have the ability to modify for your own benefit. You can use this content in so many ways to build your business. The key is to modify it and make it your own. Learn something about it here.

5. Set goals - If you don't know what it is that you want to accomplish, then how the heck could somebody else know? Set some goals for what you want to achieve before coming to the forum and asking, "What should I do?" Once you have goals set, you can ask specific questions on how to get from point A to point B. People are more than willing to help, especially if you have shown that you have done a little research yourself first.

6. Set your expectations when seeking help - It is important to have realistic expectations when asking for help or buying a course/blueprint/game plan. There are a lot of expert marketers that will give you advice or sell you a system. This does not mean that they will do the work for you. Set realistic expectations and don't think for one second that just by buying a course that you will be successful. You need to act on the information that you learn.

7. Look for other newbies to collaborate with - Instead of trying to get all of the experts to do your research by posting a million questions, why not partner up with another newbie so you can split the research tasks. you can also split the actual tasks of creating websites, blogs, articles, etc. This can be your first "Joint Venture".

8. Know when it is time to expand your horizons - I suggest working on one particular method of making money and not sway from it until you are actually making money. Then, and only then, should you look into adding another revenue stream. Multiple revenue streams are very important in online marketing, but if you half ass them all, none of them will pay off. Learn the ropes and succeed with one before moving on to another.

9. Schedule your time - Time is money and if you are wasting it, then you might as well be burning dollar bills. Make a work schedule. I don't care if it's just one hour a day. Just be sure that when it is time to work, you are working. I recommend scheduling separate times for learning and implementing what you learn.

10. Don't be afraid to fail - Fear of failure can lead to anxiety and eventually make you want to quit. Chances are that you will not be a success your first time around. If you know this ahead of time, then each failed attempt at something can be chalked up as a learning experience. We have all failed. Those of us that are successful still fail at new projects. We learn from them and relaunch using the lessons that we learned. You should do the same.

This is certainly not meant to be a game plan or blue print for your business. The purpose of it was to alleviate some of the beginner jitters and stress that most newbies suffer from. Being a newbie is not a bad thing. We were all newbies at one time. With the right amount of discipline, patience, and practice, you can graduate from the newbie category in no time.

I welcome your comments and additions to this list.

Now, get to work!

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Great list of tips If I could add one thing (that you kind of hint at, but I like to say explicitly) - this is a *business*. IM can be a very rewarding and enjoyable business, but at the end of the day, it's a business and businesses require work, and time, and dedication.

    And to expand on your first point, I put together a free report on different ways to make money online, with pros and cons of each plus recommendations on who each model is best for. It's free, no opt-in required:

    http://www.commonsensemarketing.net/...s%20Models.pdf
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    • Profile picture of the author ShanaL
      [quote=Sarah Russell;3362219]Great list of tips If I could add one thing (that you kind of hint at, but I like to say explicitly) - this is a *business*. IM can be a very rewarding and enjoyable business, but at the end of the day, it's a business and businesses require work, and time, and dedication.

      And to expand on your first point, I put together a free report on different ways to make money online, with pros and cons of each plus recommendations on who each model is best for. It's free, no opt-in required:


      Sarah your guide is awesome and helpful to anyone wanting to begin to make money online. Its all about decisions and action to make it happen. Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate it.
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      • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
        Originally Posted by ShanaL View Post

        Sarah your guide is awesome and helpful to anyone wanting to begin to make money online. Its all about decisions and action to make it happen. Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate it.
        Yes, Sarah is awesome.
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      • Profile picture of the author William Prawira
        Well, This guide is awesome. I just started learning IM this month. I'm doing the exact same thing with the list. If I find it earlier, It can save 2 weeks of my time researching. LoL....

        Good List, Let's climb up to the top
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  • Profile picture of the author trustedremedy1
    thanks for the advice are no other cheaper way to start
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  • Profile picture of the author tishwash
    awesome list. Now if all the newbies can find it! lol
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    • Profile picture of the author ShanaL
      Originally Posted by tishwash View Post

      awesome list. Now if all the newbies can find it! lol
      I found It lol :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    I agree totally... except for #4. People DO have the power to create something unique, even newbies, and it is counter-productive to keep recycling the same old junk.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by donhx View Post

      I agree totally... except for #4. People DO have the power to create something unique, even newbies, and it is counter-productive to keep recycling the same old junk.
      Good point. It was not my intention to leave that out. I figured that it was implied that they are able to use their own brains, but maybe I should edit the list to explicitly let them know that it is OK to think for yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
      Originally Posted by donhx View Post

      I agree totally... except for #4. People DO have the power to create something unique, even newbies, and it is counter-productive to keep recycling the same old junk.
      I agree donhx... I've never really seen the allure of PLR. I think that it is because it is sold as "easy". But the fact is if you want it to work well you've got to spend time dressing it up, rewriting it, expanding it - making it your own anyway.

      So why not just do some research and write it?
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by Troy Broussard View Post

        I agree donhx... I've never really seen the allure of PLR. I think that it is because it is sold as "easy". But the fact is if you want it to work well you've got to spend time dressing it up, rewriting it, expanding it - making it your own anyway.

        So why not just do some research and write it?
        Because it can cut down on a ton of time to have a base to rewrite and add to, in my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        4. Learn about PLR - PLR stands for Private Label Rights. In a nutshell, it is content written by others that you have the ability to modify for your own benefit. You can use this content in so many ways to build your business. The key is to modify it and make it your own. Learn something about it here.
        Regarding PLR content.

        In the OP, EBR stated to learn about PLR so that you are able to modify it to suit your needs. It's a long-time, proven and effective way to jump start virutally any online endeavor. It can save a lot of time too without having to sacrifice quality. Not everyone uses PLR, but it's still a good thing to learn about, that way someone starting out can make an informed decision if they want to go that route or not.

        We've invested in quality PLR and it has saved us a lot of time, especially when jumping into new markets.

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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    You forgot to mention one very important tip.

    Learn how to effectively advertise your website or what ever business you are getting into.

    This is VERY important too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
    Hi,

    Practice the art of copywriting. Gary Halbert once said "You may have all the fancy strategies in the world but if you don't know how to write an ad which gets someone to take action and buy, you are toast.

    Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    Too much info man. This is overload.

    I heard that you are supposed to buy this program where somebody comes to your house and reads you a bedtime story, tucks you in, and then makes you money while you sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author ShanaL
    I found it :-D Thanks E. Brian Rose "Matt" Huge Typo I really needed this today. I sat down to make my own and was stuck and of course Heavenly Father always comes through. It's people like you that make this world a far better place.
    I apologize Brian as I meant to Thank YOU E. Brian Rose. I am typing with one hand as I sing and rock my infant to sleep. Please forgive me.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by ShanaL View Post

      I found it :-D Thanks Matt I really needed this today. I sat down to make my own and was stuck and of course Heavenly Father always comes through. It's people like you that make this world a far better place.
      Yes, Matt is awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    ShanaL,
    you mean E. Brian Rose. It's his thread
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    • Profile picture of the author ShanaL
      Originally Posted by Matt Maiden View Post

      ShanaL,
      you mean E. Brian Rose. It's his thread
      Sorry Matt I'm sure you are awesome too :-D
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    Hey E. Brian, I guess you are the only one in this thread who is not awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Intermission
    A really good list. I do wish I had a list like this to refer to a few years ago. But this was a good review. I can still tend to struggle with focus. There are just too many things I want to do ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Santos
    If there was a Greek God of Internet Marketing, it would be E. Brian Rose.

    Seriously, this guy knows what he's talking about and nobody could've laid the basics out as concisely as he has in this thread.

    This deserves "Sticky" status; thanks for sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Daniel Santos View Post

      If there was a Greek God of Internet Marketing, it would be E. Brian Rose.

      Seriously, this guy knows what he's talking about and nobody could've laid the basics out as concisely as he has in this thread.

      This deserves "Sticky" status; thanks for sharing!

      HA HA! The last person that called me a Greek God was an old lady that I worked with. She was about 75 and was constantly pinching my butt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Anyone with the name "Rose" first or last...is awesome.
    rose

    BTW - awesome checklist, too. Should be very helpful to those who are starting out and overwhelmed with too much information. It's simple and concise.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

      Anyone with the name "Rose" first or last...is awesome.
      LOL You said it, Rose!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        And you forgot #11

        11. When all else fails, grab a drink and go to your favorite live marketing chat for some new ideas and some advice.

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        • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
          Great list.

          When I started my first offline entrepreneurship in 1990, I've compiled a business plan, according to the requirements. But before, I needed to find answer to that question: WHY? Why I want to start this?

          The simple answer was to make money. But this wasn't enough. Why I want to make money? And the answer was: I have a family and I want to give them everything what I could. I wrote down that in three simple sentence and put that piece of paper into my wallet. That was my guideline. In the course of times I re-read that three sentences when I...


          - wanted to imitate other businessman and failed,

          - stumbled on to something and didn't find the solution,

          - made bad business decision and have suffered financial loss,

          - wanted to give up due to the circumstances.


          Naturally, there were occassions when I had successes. I also read my guideline at that time... but how different was the mood I felt. These three sentences were my compass in many situations. They helped me stay on the right track always.

          I think, a right business mindset and a strong commitment can help you achieve your goals. Always keep in mind, WHY are you doing it?

          Many successes,

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          • Profile picture of the author craig j
            Thanks for an excellent checklist - I too wish I'd had this years ago when I started out!

            I think it's worth emphasizing something mentioned in point 8 (Know when it's time to expand your horizons) where you suggested working on one method and not swaying from it until you are making money - I believe this is so key to success online because it's so hard to stay focused on just one thing in IM!!

            Once someone gets involved in internet marketing, subscribing to lists and hanging around forums the distraction is constant and the temptation to go chasing after the next bigger, brighter, shinier thing is unrelenting. If you fall prey to temptation and start reading every salesletter and every pitch you'll soon be on the road to ruin and be stuck just "spinning your wheels". To succeed you need FOCUS. I shudder to think how much a lack of focus has cost me over the years.
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            • Profile picture of the author Shakakka
              Good list.

              I've always thought the first website you make should be about something you love. For me, it was flying. I didn't do it for the AdSense (although I did add it later on), and I didn't even know what an affiliate link was. But when I created the site, I did it for one simple reason: to provide something USEFUL to other people who wanted to learn how to fly.

              You'll learn SOOOOO much from the creation of your first website. This is why you shouldn't go crazy with a gigantic project (i.e. don't bite off more than you can chew), and why you should choose something you like to talk about.

              Your first site shouldn't be about monitization, but about learning the in's and out's of building traffic, providing content, website upkeep, etc...

              EDIT: Oh yeah... and as a newbie, you shouldn't be discouraged by less than average results - especially moneywise. Understand that you're learning valuable lessons in just DOING, and these lessons can be priceless later on.
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        • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
          Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

          And you forgot #11

          11. When all else fails, grab a drink and go to your favorite live marketing chat for some new ideas and some advice.

          I'm quite certain that you have a recommendation for both
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          • Profile picture of the author Manc
            Great list by the OP by showing people new to IM how to do it but also in a way the more advanced people might even get something from it.

            As is always said in this game, miss out one vital thing and it means hugely reduced sales, or even no sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Besttips
    Great list! And as many have said, I wish I had had someone share this with me long ago.

    I'd add to # 3 (build a list) to really connect with those on the list and ask what they really want..what are the struggles, challenges and pain points so that your content and products offered can really make a difference. Building trust is paramount to success.
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    • Profile picture of the author MajorSuccess
      Originally Posted by Besttips View Post

      really connect with those on the list and ask what they really want..what are the struggles, challenges and pain points
      Plez explain how I would ask my list.

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      • Profile picture of the author Rahul Gupta
        That's a great way to start on....Checklist really helps a lot to everyone.
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      • Profile picture of the author magnus1
        Originally Posted by MajorSuccess View Post

        Plez explain how I would ask my list.

        Major
        All you need to do is broadcast an email to your list asking them what they need/want. You could even use a survey with a list of topics to choose from - SurveyMonkey: Free online survey software & questionnaire tool is free. Once you have the info, either create a product to suit, or find an affiliate product. Hope this helps.


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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Awesome list. If only I had this years ago when I started!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Yes I wish I had this back a few year ago when I started.

    these days I mimic and study successful marketers and see if I can incorporate their ideas into my business. how has that worked? Insanely well.

    Next time you buy something, study everything, offers, downloads, bonuses, download pages, sales funnels, upsells, downsells, emails, email copy. That is how you can go from a newbie to intermediate quickly. Dont just buy and think, "oh god, more offers from this idiot" that idiot is making more money than you. So start thinking .....hmmmmm ok he did this......and hmmmm he sent me here straight after.....and hmmmmmmm He offered me this the next day.........etc etc

    It makes total sense to me and has made me good amounts of money over the last few years.

    I have heard Brian say a squillion times in here. "Do not do what the gurus say, do what they DO!" Makes total sense to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author LukeH
    I have got 7 of them checked so far.

    I'll start with learning PLR thank you !
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    • Profile picture of the author skibbz
      great info, I hope all the newbies are paying attention :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulMark
    EB - super solid. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author jimotman
    thanks, I didn't really think that list building is that important, as I can see other people (gurus) saying that you can make money just with websites.. now I think I really need to start building my list
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by jimotman View Post

      thanks, I didn't really think that list building is that important, as I can see other people (gurus) saying that you can make money just with websites.. now I think I really need to start building my list
      Jim, without question it is important! It's how your customers and FUTURE customers will get to know you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post


    6. Set your expectations when seeking help - It is important to have realistic expectations when asking for help or buying a course/blueprint/game plan. There are a lot of expert marketers that will give you advice or sell you a system. This does not mean that they will do the work for you. Set realistic expectations and don't think for one second that just by buying a course that you will be successful. You need to act on the information that you learn.

    7. Look for other newbies to collaborate with - Instead of trying to get all of the experts to do your research by posting a million questions, why not partner up with another newbie so you can split the research tasks. you can also split the actual tasks of creating websites, blogs, articles, etc. This can be your first "Joint Venture".
    Dude, two really cool things you just talked about.

    I completely agree.

    I think these are two of the reasons newbies fail is they buy something thinking it's going to make a ton of difference. Most $7 products just teach one tactic and thinking they're going to do more than that is just nonsense and setting yourself up to fail.

    2nd, getting equal level mastermind partners is great b/c you can target different areas of business, learn together and usually the way it goes is that 1+1=3. Your efforts+Their Efforts= A Lot More Combined Success.

    This is pure magic and while not sexy...shouldn't be overlooked.

    Great Job EBR!

    Cheers,

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  • 10. Don't be afraid to fail - Fear of failure can lead to anxiety and eventually make you want to quit. Chances are that you will not be a success your first time around. If you know this ahead of time, then each failed attempt at something can be chalked up as a learning experience. We have all failed. Those of us that are successful still fail at new projects. We learn from them and relaunch using the lessons that we learned. You should do the same.
    if you never try you will never know if you could have and will always wonder if you could have, at least doing and failing you know...

    and when you know you have experience and with experience you will be ready to try something else with an edge on your side and more confidence..
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    Thank you for the idea, it is very helpful....
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Great tips, I only wish I had this when I was first starting out several years ago, as it would have saved me a lot of wasted time, money and heartache.

    It all boils down to treating your internet marketing like a business. You have to be serious and focused about what it is that you want to do (you can't just say you want to make a living on the internet, but this is a mistake that practically every newbie makes), and you'll have to persevere and not get distracted, not only by new products and methods, but also by friends and loved ones who will either mock you or want to take your attention away from internet marketing.

    It definitely won't be easy in the beginning in terms of seeing results quickly, so you have to mentally prepare yourself to be in this for the long haul, just like you would if you were getting into any other business.

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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Great tips, I only wish I had this when I was first starting out several years ago, as it would have saved me a lot of wasted time, money and heartache.
      Ya know, a common tactic that professional poker players use when they get into a rut is to go and read a book for beginners. It gets their head straight again. Just because many of us are seasoned IMers doesn't mean that we can't go back to basics from time to time.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        Ya know, a common tactic that professional poker players use when they get into a rut is to go and read a book for beginners. It gets their head straight again. Just because many of us are seasoned IMers doesn't mean that we can't go back to basics from time to time.
        Exactly, IM is not unlike any other field or endeavor. This is why you take refresher courses, as this will help keep you from being bogged down in the details, which is something that any advanced/experienced expert tends to get caught up in from time to time.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    I like the idea of a newbie joint venture. Splitting up the tasks can really help out a lot, making the work lighter for a single person and you can also do brain storming at the same time.

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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Andrea Wilson View Post

      I like the idea of a newbie joint venture. Splitting up the tasks can really help out a lot, making the work lighter for a single person and you can also do brain storming at the same time.

      Andrea
      You'd be surprised at how much this helps make the learning curve go much faster. It's much better to be able to bounce ideas off one another, rather than telling your wife and having her stare at you like a deer staring at headlights.
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  • Profile picture of the author aawarrior
    Don't forget the best way to accelerate your success is get a MENTOR.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by aawarrior View Post

      Don't forget the best way to accelerate your success is get a MENTOR.
      It's always good to have somebody to show you the ropes, but not always necessary. I had somewhat of a mentor 11 years ago, but I quickly surpassed his knowledge and achievements. I still thank him for helping me get started.

      The reason I mention this is because you can be coached by somebody that is just a little ahead of the game than you are. It may save you a lot of time. I'm not sure that I would label this type of person as a mentor, but along the same lines.
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      • Profile picture of the author MelJames
        I agree Brian,

        I do think that getting advice from an expert or someone with experience in managing a business can be an enormous help. What's important is to turn to someone with insight and experience.

        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        It's always good to have somebody to show you the ropes, but not always necessary. I had somewhat of a mentor 11 years ago, but I quickly surpassed his knowledge and achievements. I still thank him for helping me get started.

        The reason I mention this is because you can be coached by somebody that is just a little ahead of the game than you are. It may save you a lot of time. I'm not sure that I would label this type of person as a mentor, but along the same lines.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidlieder
    Hey Brian,

    Great list. I think its awesome that you thank everyone that leaves a post on this thread!! Actually I am one of your Google Red Carpet students among other EBR products, and yes EBR is an awesome marketer and teacher.

    Later,

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  • Profile picture of the author SGForce
    Some times you get so caught up in the details, you forget the basics.
    Nice tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Ogden
    Great Post E Brian Rose. IT should be something that everyone gets handed the day the say the want to make money online. It was nice of you to take the time to write it.
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    I am not quite a newb anymore yet this list still helps me. I am implementing most of these to achieve my goals
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    Celente quoted E Brian as saying,

    I have heard Brian say a squillion times in here. "Do not do what the gurus say, do what they DO!" Makes total sense to me.

    I am working on a little booklet tonight and just got done doing a little research for it that relates to the above comment. I went to the Clickbank EMarketing category (that's the big guru category). I looked at the 10 ten products listed there tonight. Two of the products had co-developers, so there were 12 "gurus" involved.

    Now, many of these gurus, demi-gurus, or whatever will tell you the importance of article marketing, video marketing, forum marketing, bum marketing, setting up review or pre-sell pages... you know the gig. I won't run through all of the data, but let's look at just article marketing.

    Of those 12 guru gods, I went to eZineArticles and checked some stats. Matt Bacak (Mass Money Makers) has 385 articles published at EZA (he also has done many videos) and Rasheed Ali (Auto Pilot Income Machines) has 63. Of the others in the top 12 they had a combined total of just 13 articles.

    Am I suggesting that article marketing doesn't work? Heavens no! But what I am saying is that very few of the top people in the IM niche got to where they are by writing articles. Same with video marketing. Same with forum posting. Same with creating pre-sell and review pages. Same with...

    I'm only saying, exactly like in Brian's quote I alluded to earlier, don't do what they tell you to do... that's not how they got to where they are today--do what they do. Study what they do. It takes some time and research, but it is well worth it. Just a clue/tip/hint.

    I don't know Matt Bacak personally, but for newbies starting out and wanting some advice on what they should do to get started in Internet marketing... check out this blog posts of his...

    Matt Bacak’s Advice on Starting From Scratch*|*Internet Marketing with Matt Bacak

    If that looks similar to what E Brian posted in #3 on his list... well, you're starting to catch on. --Mike

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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

      Celente quoted E Brian as saying,

      I have heard Brian say a squillion times in here. "Do not do what the gurus say, do what they DO!" Makes total sense to me.

      I am working on a little booklet tonight and just got done doing a little research for it that relates to the above comment. I went to the Clickbank EMarketing category (that's the big guru category). I looked at the 10 ten products listed there tonight. Two of the products had co-developers, so there were 12 "gurus" involved.

      Now, many of these gurus, demi-gurus, or whatever will tell you the importance of article marketing, video marketing, forum marketing, bum marketing, setting up review or pre-sell pages... you know the gig. I won't run through all of the data, but let's look at just article marketing.

      Of those 12 guru gods, I went to eZineArticles and checked some stats. Matt Bacak (Mass Money Makers) has 385 articles published at EZA (he also has done many videos) and Rasheed Ali (Auto Pilot Income Machines) has 63. Of the others in the top 12 they had a combined total of just 13 articles.

      Am I suggesting that article marketing doesn't work? Heavens no! But what I am saying is that very few of the top people in the IM niche got to where they are by writing articles. Same with video marketing. Same with forum posting. Same with creating pre-sell and review pages. Same with...

      I'm only saying, exactly like in Brian's quote I alluded to earlier, don't do what they tell you to do... that's not how they got to where they are today--do what they do. Study what they do. It takes some time and research, but it is well worth it. Just a clue/tip/hint.

      I don't know Matt Bacak personally, but for newbies starting out and wanting some advice on what they should do to get started in Internet marketing... check out this blog posts of his...

      Matt Bacak’s Advice on Starting From Scratch*|*Internet Marketing with Matt Bacak

      If that looks similar to what E Brian posted in #3 on his list... well, you're starting to catch on. --Mike

      --Mike
      Mike, this is definitely solid advice for the newbie. It's best not to get swayed by the Gurus' latest 'advice', because that is more often than not just a thinly veiled plug for their latest upcoming product. Instead, become very observant of what they do, and try to follow that as much as possible.

      It's sometimes hard to track what they do though, as I'm sure that many use pen names and assumed identities so as to foil the attempts of would-be copycats and challengers who might want to encroach on their market.

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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    Paul, Your right on that, it can be hard to know everything they do and their underlying motivation for doing it. But people can really learn a lot from simply studying their traffic flows... how and when they mail to their lists, what happens when you click their order button, what happens when you join their list, what happens once your payment for their product is processed, what things (in addition to their product) they have on their download pages, stuff like that.

    But yes, we can't know or understand everything they do, but it really is a free and valuable education to get at least a fundamental understanding of their business model. --Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author Wayne-JJ
      Nice list there, one more equally important point:

      Constantly Provide Value & Treat Your List Like Gold!

      Too many are just in this biz for the $...
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    thanks for the list
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author SamyPong
    great checklist, must be very helpful to those who are starting out and overwhelmed with too much information. very simple...thanks for sharing it..keep it up..

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  • Profile picture of the author fmracicot
    Thank you for the list, and thanks to all the responders for the extra tid bits of info. Good stuff to add to the shelf of knowledge.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketingTorch
      Good guru sales copy leaves the reader breathless from excitement and trying not to lose eye-lock with the screen while reaching for the credit card. That's how to keep those $37 PP deposits rolling in!

      There is a distinct difference between what gurus sell and what gurus do, not that there's anything wrong with that, but the difference must be consciously understood. If it wasn't E. Brian Rose who said it, I'm sure he'd agree with that.

      Therefore, when a person is just starting out, there is a lot of confusion because this dichotomy is subtle, and yet both approaches work for different people.

      It takes a specific kind of person to go the "guru route" and be a promoter of the "latest and greatest" competition-crushing, profit-exploding, secrets revealed! I've actually written copy like that for some "gurus". (No names, please. The jobs were ghosted.)

      On the other hand, churning out decent websites for commercially viable long tail targeted keyword phrases, grabbing social media backlinks, and building a list is definitely a plan for success. In fact, that's what I'm currently doing with a new blog network. Then I can go on vacation and let the internet do the heavy lifting for awhile.

      Good luck to us all!
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  • Profile picture of the author eaw
    Great list! It really helps to set the priorities and not get bogged down by loads of information!
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  • Profile picture of the author ohta
    i am a newbie this helped a great deal
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  • Profile picture of the author aware1
    This is awesome advice! Thank you very much for setting it out. Staying focused and setting time aside around work time for learning is huge for me. Tho, there is a lot of great info here..
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  • Profile picture of the author YungNic
    the list is very helpful..thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author sr41056
    Good list. Wish I would have had it a few years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Easy checklist that a newbie should be able to follow and start making solid profits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    I have seen a lot of newbie questions here lately. This thread could probably help out.
    Nope, Move a long, Nothing to see here...lol j/k

    Brian, I must have taken the day off when you posted this thread, Great
    Thread for not only newbies but also a good grounding reminder for veterans
    too.

    Have a Great Day!
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Thanks for bumping this up..... good tips!
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    My checklist for newbies is a lil more basic, or hardcore, depending on how you want to look at it:
    1 - a working laptop
    2 - paid internet service at home
    3 - lots of energy drinks or coffee
    4 - membership to the Warriorforum
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  • Profile picture of the author Simin
    I think every newbie who read this post will very helpfully by your post, E Brian Rose.
    IM is a business, tread it like a business, and IM will give you feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author GetMoreTraffic
    There are lots of ways to skin the IM cat, but yeah...that one should work fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author MelJames
    I think it's a valuable list for newbies. If I may just add, having a support group, a reliable one can be a huge help too I recommend joining a business forum where both old and new business owners meet to provide genuine support.
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  • Profile picture of the author wendymay1
    May I suggest finding an honest mentor who will take you by the hand step by step video tutorials how he does it. This will save a lot of time wandering around in Cyberspace. There is too much information overload that kills too much time.

    I absolutely agree on goal setting and list building. These 2 stand out as the top of my list.
    For if there are no goals, there will be no directions. For example 'A goal not written is only a wish'. List building is where its at with customer focus and having a customer base to send your emails with product links.

    I agree with PLR as long as the content is re-written. Google just love original content especially for google rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cloudzz
    Great post, why were these sort of post never available when i first started!! Regardless, im sure it will help newbies alot, set the tracks. Good job
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