What part of internet marketing do you struggle with any Why ?

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This post is really for all the newbies or people just getting started who want
to build an online business.

When I started I went to a seminar and I was told if you want to make money online this is how you do it, a b, c, do this, add this, then this.

e.g. build a squeeze page, offer something of value for free then drive traffic to the offer.

At the time I was already popular on a business forum so I found it very easy to make constant sales just by following the simple steps...

Today I think it's almost the land of confusion where people are promoting hundreds of secret strategies and methods but most of them leave out the one key ingredient hard word at the beginning.

That doesn't mean it will always be hard work and long hours but I think you have to be prepared for it. In any business online or offline, there are still human beings at each end of the computers.

I receive many emails from my students asking me about all these secret underground strategies probably every day and my answer is always the same.. you need to test them some might get you a little further along the way but you should not neglect the basics.

It's strategy before tactics, the basics then the fancy stuff..
Can you imagine learning a technique such as reversing round a corner in a car before learning to drive in a straight line and changing gear ...

Seems crazy when it's put that way so why do people think they can take short cuts...

One of my favourite sayings is "don't lean the tricks of the trade." "learn the trade".

Thanks for taking the time to read my post fellow warriors and I'm looking forward to reading your comments...
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    Well at this moment I am struggling with video marketing.Just cant understand how to make best use of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude7
      Originally Posted by shuvo View Post

      Well at this moment I am struggling with video marketing.Just cant understand how to make best use of it.
      My experience of video marketing has been so far to make a really interesting video upload it to you tube and get one of the clever guys on fiverr dot com to get lots of views...

      If you then direct the video to your squeeze page or blog using the annotations feature you should see lots of happy visitors coming your way...

      if you look at claudebonte dot com then click on the help page you can see how many visitor comments i've received over a short period of time.... i hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt Abel
    I struggled with not getting distracted by the next great secret strategy. Finally started making some money when I focused...
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  • Profile picture of the author Gill
    Great post...So many people I deal with who are new to IM get really bamboozled by all the products on offer and it becomes a state where one product is purchased, then read, then put to the side as the "next great offer" arrives in their inbox. It takes a certain type of character to survive the world of IM and one of those types who should avoid IM, at all costs, is anyone who is compulsive as not only can a lot of money be wasted but nothing actually put into action as they find themselves too busy trying to decipher the often unnecessary technical jargon and supposedly successful strategies. This is a great post and I'ms sure many will benefit from hearing from kindred spirits around areas they may be struggling on in IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude7
      Originally Posted by Gill View Post

      Great post...So many people I deal with who are new to IM get really bamboozled by all the products on offer and it becomes a state where one product is purchased, then read, then put to the side as the "next great offer" arrives in their inbox. It takes a certain type of character to survive the world of IM and one of those types who should avoid IM, at all costs, is anyone who is compulsive as not only can a lot of money be wasted but nothing actually put into action as they find themselves too busy trying to decipher the often unnecessary technical jargon and supposedly successful strategies. This is a great post and I'ms sure many will benefit from hearing from kindred spirits around areas they may be struggling on in IM.
      Thanks for your comment Gill,
      It seems for most people this is more about training their mind to stay focused and complete one task rather than learning new strategies because there will always be new strategies to learn.... There's a fine line between standing still and moving ahead...
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  • Profile picture of the author netnits
    For me it is information overload.
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  • Profile picture of the author slix
    I struggle with traffic generation. Guess I'll have to give some $$$ for backlinks :S
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  • Profile picture of the author genmar
    I can fully agree with two of the earlier responses. My main problems in progressing my online business relate to lack of targeted traffic and information overload. If I could only come across a simple but well defined system to drive this type of web traffic, then I could ignore most of the information clutter out there, and both my problems would be solved. Is this just a pipe dream?

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  • Profile picture of the author ginandtonic
    Good to see that I have company. I have trouble driving traffic because backlinking is really boring. Also, I have trouble following through with working every day. Just read a book called Change Anything, and I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to work consistently.
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    • Profile picture of the author laurarussell49
      hi there,

      Thanks for the post..

      As for me I really want traffic... And that is what I am struggling right now...
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      • Profile picture of the author majurski
        For me the most problems are currently spending much time watching statistics. I guess the best solution is to focus on work rather than constantly looking graphics.
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        • Originally Posted by majurski View Post

          For me the most problems are currently spending much time watching statistics. I guess the best solution is to focus on work rather than constantly looking graphics.
          Ah yes......the STAT TRAP.

          As my wife would say, "Quit fighting and start writing".

          When we are obsessed with stats we are fretting about the past and the future. When we're writing we're MAKING IT HAPPEN.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monique3000
    I guess I'm in the information overload boat, too! I think that is what you can call it. There's so many paths you can take when it comes to IM. Worldwide vs Nationwide vs Local, offline vs online.. Jeez!

    My issue is just getting started. When I first started my first project (or projects!) I was a program jumper. I litterally jumped from program to program. I wasn't moving from one hype to the next. I was just collecting programs and I was determined to do (and profit from!) each one.

    Since then, I just settled on two of my favorites. Local marketing and this fitness MLM since they both tie into my daily life in some sort of way.

    Hope all that made sense
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      Distraction is my number one problem. The promise of the next big thing, as someone said. The allure that the next big strategy will be the one. Too much dreaming, not enough doing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam31
    I'd say the most difficult part for me is picking the right niche; one that is isn't saturated and over competitive but still buying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude7
    Thanks for all your comments folks, they're all very much appreciated. It seems the most common challenge is information overload or as a good friend put it hard drive over load.

    Too many ebooks, videos, underground strategies and the like. One of the things I did a few years when I found myself compelled to pressing the "Buy" button once too often..

    I started a new email address and I would only read emails from marketers who provided decent value. I found that would cut out a lot of hype and move me ahead a little faster.. Thanks again folks :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author rachelberry007
    well, i would like to say that there are some methods that do get you instant results. Perhaps these are the ones mostly newbies are looking for. but be warn, those temporary results are just that, TEMPORARY. in the long run, you will not have any benefit from them and hence won't make much money
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude7
      Originally Posted by rachelberry007 View Post

      well, i would like to say that there are some methods that do get you instant results. Perhaps these are the ones mostly newbies are looking for. but be warn, those temporary results are just that, TEMPORARY. in the long run, you will not have any benefit from them and hence won't make much money
      Well said Rachel, I guess we've all been there before, there are no short cuts.
      In the race between the tortoise and the hare the slow steady tortoise always wins... I guess we can all learn from that
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Lim
        Hi, I think the challenge is the attitude, I believe if some one have a good attitude, we can acheive a good results in internet marketing or any others industry.

        I have a few friends subscribe to many different internet marketing course and at the end they no earn much money, because the main issue to due with is not sign up how many course, but is how many effort we are ready to put in and make a commitment to focus everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Transd
    Great Post! I find myself struggling with getting started. I have read all kinds of information on different ways to advertise or build lists but it is a little overwhelming. My situation is unique, I am part of a great 2 tier affiliate marketing that is not yet advertised on the internet. My question is how to come to market in as many places as possible to get big hitters and newbies on board? Advertise in Warrior's affiliate marketing database a good start? Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks Again!
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude7
      for Transd....Thanks for your comments.
      All I can say is build the relationship and make the money.
      In whatever field, affiliate marketing, list building etc you have to build the relationship first. You might be able to make some lucky sales with advertising but that will cost you money whilst you're testing and it's hard to duplicate. Focus on no more than 3 forums or you'll be spreading yourself too thin. Once you've build enough trust on one forum you can always do the same on others. Start with one then move on. Good luck..
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      • Profile picture of the author HosoiLover96
        Originally Posted by Claude7 View Post

        for Transd....Thanks for your comments.
        All I can say is build the relationship and make the money.
        In whatever field, affiliate marketing, list building etc you have to build the relationship first. You might be able to make some lucky sales with advertising but that will cost you money whilst you're testing and it's hard to duplicate. Focus on no more than 3 forums or you'll be spreading yourself too thin. Once you've build enough trust on one forum you can always do the same on others. Start with one then move on. Good luck..

        how does a newbie begin to build the relationships that prominent IMers have? The only answer I've seen all the time is for newbs to just add content of their own and make sure its high quality. but a newbie is well a newbie, they don't know the ins and outs or even the basics in most cases. who can teach the newbies the basics without them having to spend thousands? is our jobs as newbies to spend hours and hours deciding which information is quality and which is hype or rehashed garbage? there has to be some way to learn the basics without spending $497 a course. i'm curious because I am still trying to learn the basics for myself haha.

        thanks to anyone who responds
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Bosen
    Trying something new for the fist time is the hardest. You don't know if it will work, afraid to find out that you spent all that time for nothing, or very little. And what about your reputation? could it be damaged in any way?
    Sometimes we want someone to hold our hands as we make that initial step into IM. But the only way to succeed is to just do it.
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    I am struggle with press release submission part of SEO. I am facing problem of writing good press releases and it is hard to get press release from clients as they don't have time to do it.....
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    I'm decent at building relationship, but still quite a struggle with closing the sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author HosoiLover96
      Originally Posted by misterkailo View Post

      I'm decent at building relationship, but still quite a struggle with closing the sales.

      my part time job right now partly based on commission and closing deals can be tough. there are many many many ways close a deal and you must be able to adapt to the customer's needs mo matter what.

      there are pretty much three main closing scenarios that happen all the time.

      the first is that a prospect is looking for something to buy and once they find it they want it. all you have to do is ask for the sale. that's it.
      for example, they see a car, it's the make, model, color, almost the right price. i can get this car for you today for $x,xxx. Cash or Credit? that's all there is, just ask for the dang sale. the worst they can say is no.

      the second is a prospect who wants what you have but they don't want to pay for the extra service or an extended 2 year warranty. or that extra piece of software. what you do is outline the BENEFITS they get from what you are pitching. convey to them the immense value they are getting.
      for example: the customer wants the laptop you're selling and you get comission on selling extended warranties. the custome says they are ready to checkout, you inform them you offer an extened warranty that protects their investment. they say they don't need the warranty you have because they are covered by the manufacture warranty.
      you tell them that their warranty doesn't protect against power surges, or spill coverage, or intentional inflicted damage on the machine. your warranty does and will even replace the entire machine with a BRAND NEW MACHINE if neccessary. paying an extra $60 bucks sounds a lot better than respending $500 in the next 6 months when their machine breaks down for who know's why. Then again ask for the sale. Cash or Credit.

      the third is a scenario that just sucks. the customer likes everything about what you're selling. everything is right on the money. you ask for the sale and he/she says, "No, not right now, maybe I'll come back tomorow." so you start telling them about the benefits and you play all the cards and pull out every trick you have. "Hmm I'm still not sure." you again start to adress their objections and overcome them. you ask for the sale again. "You know, I really can't make the decision without my wife." ok let's get her on the phone, no can do. With that third objection you walk away and grab the next prospect and start to close a deal. it sucks but if you can't overcome their objections by the third or fourth time just stop wasting your time and move on to the next person.

      of course all these examples were in person, face to face engagements but the techniques apply to cold calling, emails, seminars, pretty much every aspect of selling no matter the field whether its online or offline.

      the key is to be able to adapt and overcome the client's objections or doubts.
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    • Profile picture of the author HosoiLover96
      Originally Posted by misterkailo View Post

      I'm decent at building relationship, but still quite a struggle with closing the sales.


      my part time job right now partly based on commission and closing deals can be tough. there are many many many ways close a deal and you must be able to adapt to the customer's needs mo matter what.

      there are pretty much three main closing scenarios that happen all the time.

      the first is that a prospect is looking for something to buy and once they find it they want it. all you have to do is ask for the sale. that's it.
      for example, they see a car, it's the make, model, color, almost the right price. i can get this car for you today for $x,xxx. Cash or Credit? that's all there is, just ask for the dang sale. the worst they can say is no.

      the second is a prospect who wants what you have but they don't want to pay for the extra service or an extended 2 year warranty. or that extra piece of software. what you do is outline the BENEFITS they get from what you are pitching. convey to them the immense value they are getting.
      for example: the customer wants the laptop you're selling and you get commission on selling extended warranties. the customer says they are ready to checkout, you inform them you offer an extended warranty that protects their investment. they say they don't need the warranty you have because they are covered by the manufacture warranty.
      you tell them that their warranty doesn't protect against power surges, or spill coverage, or intentional inflicted damage on the machine. your warranty does and will even replace the entire machine with a BRAND NEW MACHINE if necessary. paying an extra $60 bucks sounds a lot better than respending $500 in the next 6 months when their machine breaks down for who knows why. Then again ask for the sale. Cash or Credit.

      the third is a scenario that just sucks. the customer likes everything about what you're selling. everything is right on the money. you ask for the sale and he/she says, "No, not right now, maybe I'll come back tomorrow." so you start telling them about the benefits and you play all the cards and pull out every trick you have. "Hmm I'm still not sure." you again start to address their objections and overcome them. you ask for the sale again. "You know, I really can't make the decision without my wife." ok let's get her on the phone, no can do. With that third objection you walk away and grab the next prospect and start to close a deal. it sucks but if you can't overcome their objections by the third or fourth time just stop wasting your time and move on to the next person.

      of course all these examples were in person, face to face engagements but the techniques apply to cold calling, emails, seminars, pretty much every aspect of selling no matter the field whether its online or offline.

      the key is to be able to adapt and overcome the client's objections or doubts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Marr
    Great Post indeed Claude...You could say lack to concentrate on one project while you are distracted with too many ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude7
    Thanks Rob well said.., It's the same old story training our minds to stay focused on one project until we see the results.
    I had to laugh I heard Sean Casey describe it like this, if you go to a party and make a decision to dance with one girl , you have to pass up on all the others and focus on the one you've chosen... I guess that's a whole other topic but I loved the concept...
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  • Profile picture of the author Transd
    Hey Claude, thanks for the advice, I'm on 2 forums now. The program that I'm in is not a place for tire kickers, that's why I came here. This seems to be the top forum for hungry newbies and big hitters. The money that can be made from motivation is insane!! I try and build relationships everyday, I guess I'm looking to make this a win-win for everyone. Do you recommend other places to do some advertising? I have a small budget to get this going strong!

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Based on my experience, while working with clients, I have found that most online business owners have a cash flow problem. So, when I read a thread like this I just don’t know where it’s coming from. If you can fix your cash flow problems then you can move to the next level.

      So, here is little taste:

      When you create a product, and most of you can do this with a little effort. Test, test, test.

      You don’t know what to test? Test the price. See how many you can sell for 19.00. Then try 19.95 etc. (Test all kind of prices like a mad scientist's)

      Some marketers feel that can sell more units if the number (7) is in the price somewhere. The trick is to do your own testing and analyze the results. We keep telling you that it’s an easy business.

      How could you know what works if you don’t test it?
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  • Profile picture of the author BenoitT
    I think everybody that start struggle with sticking with the plan and be patient. Patience is a must but very hard to have when you wait for your money
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthonyblim
    My biggest issue is generating traffic or getting a good mailing list where I can push the products on my website. Anyone can give me some suggestion? m thinking of buying the Mass Rapid Traffic, but I have bought so many software and I am just wondering will it work,
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  • Profile picture of the author Affili8ing
    I Think that the hardest thing for new affiliates today is the overload of information.
    Because of that new affiliate can't focus on one method and jump for one the another...
    That is why they can't make it...they don't give one moethod the right amount of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author fanimal
    I struggle with link building. It's hard to find quality link building services that will make big G happy
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Claude7 View Post

    At the time I was already popular on a business forum so I found it very easy ... most of them leave out the one key ingredient hard work at the beginning.
    (Fixed that for you.)

    But here's the question.

    Since you found it very easy, why is hard work a key ingredient?

    Here's what I find from most of the massively successful people I've come across.

    They floundered around doing nothing of import for years.

    Throughout those years, they looked for things they could do, but they didn't have the "ingredients" of it. To do this thing, they needed that thing. To do these things, they needed those things. And it never really matched up.

    Until one day, they stumbled over something, and dusted it off and it said "to do this thing, you need stuff you've already got."

    And they said "wait... I've already got that stuff!"

    Which is where the disconnect happens with the younger generation going "I don't need to go to college and get a job, I've got IM." Because these people USUALLY got that stuff on the job, after college.

    There are a number of people who look at me and say "he's only been in IM two years." But they overlook the reality that I've been running my own business for almost 25 years, and spent twenty of those years working in and for large corporate organisations.

    It's not like I woke up one morning and went "HERP DERP, I WILL DOING A INTERNET BUSINESS, ROFFLE." But a lot of people do exactly that, and then wonder why it doesn't work as quickly and easily for them.

    But the hard work is rarely something you did so you could succeed in IM. It's hard work you did because it needed to be done.
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  • Profile picture of the author glopin2003
    Wow this is some great information and I am taking it all in. Thanks Claude for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatdeeds
    Hi all. I'm new and I can't agree more with everything that everyone has posted regarding focus and especially information overload. I have a difficult time sticking to one thing and with all of the tips and strategies out there, I sometimes end up doubting what I'm doing. It's a new day to refocus.
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    • Profile picture of the author numbermoja
      This is a great post. One good way to stay focused is to have a clear income goal and reverse engineer it to the point of figuring out the amount of traffic you should be driving to that site and tweak until you get the desired conversions. Also finding out what you like doing best helps a lot and you can outsource the tasks you don't like doing like blogging or article marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    I think the biggest problem people are having online
    is getting enough traffic

    Being online thats the biggest problem i've seen by far
    is getting traffic.

    If more people could get the traffic thats needed to make
    a real income the IM community would have alot more
    success stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthonyblim
    Have been looking for a product that can bring in Traffic, push my site to be in the 1st or 2nd page of google search and Yahoo search, but nothing seem to be promising. I even buy products to do squeeze page. Pay ads campaign on facebook. Still have the same problem, no traffic and only a few clicks to my site. Sigh...
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I think sticking to just one method is the toughest thing.

    Especially if you spend too much time in the WF and keep reading about the methods making everyone else good money, then you get interested, try it for a week or so, then move on.

    Not good!
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by AYoungMillionaire View Post

      I think sticking to just one method is the toughest thing.

      Especially if you spend too much time in the WF and keep reading about the methods making everyone else good money, then you get interested, try it for a week or so, then move on.

      Not good!
      Exactly, and this is why I recommend that everyone starting out in IM has a ratio of learning to implementing of 1:1, i.e. you spend at least 1 hour implementing for every 1 hour of learning you do. Too many newbies get stuck in 'learning and acquisition' mode, but amassing huge amounts of knowledge is absolutely useless if you don't apply it!
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      • Profile picture of the author celente
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        Exactly, and this is why I recommend that everyone starting out in IM has a ratio of learning to implementing of 1:1, i.e. you spend at least 1 hour implementing for every 1 hour of learning you do. Too many newbies get stuck in 'learning and acquisition' mode, but amassing huge amounts of knowledge is absolutely useless if you don't apply it!
        Great advice again dude!

        now I wish I had this info sent to my inbox in the morning before I woke up each day. Or inprinted in big letters around the house. I would probably be a millionair by now.

        Action breeds results as they say. Soon as I started getting off my FAT arse and doing some work. Guess what? Profits come in waves, and then bigger waves. This is some good advice so I say, follow it.
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      Hi, I find web page design really frustrating, well not so much the design which is not too hard if you find a good template. It's when you want to make small changes and mess up the layout.

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  • Profile picture of the author Beatrice
    Great thread Claude!

    The 1st thing I noticed is that your location is in The Seychelles (that's a lovely place to do Internet Marketing!)

    Personally I find driving traffic a challenge.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude7
      Originally Posted by Beatrice View Post

      Great thread Claude!

      The 1st thing I noticed is that your location is in The Seychelles (that's a lovely place to do Internet Marketing!)

      Personally I find driving traffic a challenge.
      Thanks for the compliment Beatrice, Seychelles is a beautiful group of
      islands and yes you're right it should be enough to get anyone distracted
      from internet marketing.

      I guess I really have to work extra hard then to stay focused...

      In answer to your comment I would say start being active on 2 or 3 forums
      answering posts, giving advice that kind of thing.

      This will build the trust with good people and get you high quality traffic quite fast.... Keep well :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author liite
    I struggle with finding Niches to create sites in. I know i'm supposed to find keywords which are low competition but a reasonable search volume but when i google search the keyword its always Amazon for the first 5 results or someone similar. I mean how are you supposed to rank against Amazon?!
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  • Profile picture of the author Beatrice
    I would like to add (to my previous post) that I struggle with the constant learning of new things and the lack of direction.

    On a happier note, we are having the day off work in the UK tommorrow Friday to celebrate the Royal Wedding!
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      Originally Posted by Beatrice View Post

      I would like to add (to my previous post) that I struggle with the constant learning of new things and the lack of direction.

      On a happier note, we are having the day off work in the UK tommorrow Friday to celebrate the Royal Wedding!

      Some of you are having the day off others have to work untill 18:00
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  • Profile picture of the author carcrazy
    I have a hard time deciding which internet marketing method to follow. I also give up easily and don't follow through if I don't see results.
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  • Profile picture of the author T Massini
    Well, I think the hardest thing in this business is all the writing that needs to be done in order to get your content with the backlinks out there.Once you get that skill mastered, it's all a question of submitting your stuff all over the net. Dealing with customers can be tough, but you're just into being an affiliate, the load is alot lighter.

    Yeah, I'd say the hardest thing for me is researching your niche in order to come up with good writing content to submit. Often I get that writers block, where I just don't know what to write. This could be due to that INFAMOUS information overload syndrome.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxx12
    building a good quality backlinks is a huge problem..no such service is available..well at least services that do what they offer))
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthonyblim
    Started IM about 6 weeks ago using dead beat affiliate course by Dan brock. then I was reading about another course profit storm. And looking at this extreme niche empires. Dunno if anyone can just give me an insight the difference among them. Which should I take to further improve my IM skills. Currently not very encouraging result. Thanks in advance ..
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