Hardest part of Internet Marketing?

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What did you consider to be the hardest part of Internet Marketing?

For me right its getting my product to convert more than 0.15%

And for everyone else?
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    Dealing with knuckleheads who have been taught the customer is always right.
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  • Profile picture of the author tsuccess
    No doubt it's getting traffic, not because it is a difficult task, but because of competition.
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    • Profile picture of the author SimonJBell
      Knowing there's always a higher conversion rate waiting for you... and having to work out how to get there. Also the most enjoyable bit too though!
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    • Profile picture of the author James Sides
      Mindset.

      Without the proper mindset you're always going to find yourself struggling.

      Once I got my head right making money was actually the easy part lol.

      Btw, if you're having a .15% conversion chances are you ether 1) need to work on your copy or more likely 2) you are not targeting a buyer keyword.

      Don't let it get you down. My first few sites got over 5,000 unique hits a month but converted at around 1/500 visitors.

      I thought it was just me so I spent months tweaking and retweaking. I even hired a copywriter thinking I could learn something. In the end I learned that the keyword I picked sucked and so did the product I was trying to promote. My average earnings per hop was around 4 cents.

      Then I let it go and started over. The next site I built converted at 1.4% and has for the last 15 months or so. The only difference was I targeted the buyer later in the buying cycle.

      Cheers!

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  • Profile picture of the author just Zer0
    The hardest part of internet marketing for me was getting over the initial learning phase and start putting down some practice!

    Once I got a plan and work schedule written up and I was away, started to take action, focusing on one task at a time, and now I am successfull

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    For me it would be the customer base (CB). When you have a CB the traffic will naturally come as long as you serve the needs of the CB. Matter of fact, I am often overwhelmed with too large of a CB when my CB sends me more customers.

    Its akin to a public website host in many ways. Public Hosts without a CB simply struggle. Unless someone like Allen stokes the CB

    Jeffery 100% :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author cyong
    the hardest part is having a plan and stick to take action with 100% commitment.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeroosa
      The toughest part for me is mindset. There are many days where I get really bored with this work (i know, i need to outsource). Then I can go 3 months with working like crazy. A healthy balance is always good.
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  • Profile picture of the author rich8169
    Getting the traffic and increase the conversion rate is the hardest at the moment
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    • Profile picture of the author ahnalia
      I think the hardest part for me is self confidence.
      I always get scared when it comes to advertising my business, I guess I get afraid that if I advertise and people visit the site that they will hate it and laugh at me.
      I know it is an illogical fear, but definitely one of my weakest points!
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      • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
        Originally Posted by ahnalia View Post

        I think the hardest part for me is self confidence.
        I always get scared when it comes to advertising my business, I guess I get afraid that if I advertise and people visit the site that they will hate it and laugh at me.
        I know it is an illogical fear, but definitely one of my weakest points!
        I hear you. Although I'm doing very well online now, I've had to conquer quite a few fears along the way. Alot of people don't understand it (or maybe they do and they just don't talk about it), but fear can really hold you back - it definitely slowed me down in the beginning. Luckily confidence comes with experience!
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
        Originally Posted by ahnalia View Post

        ...will hate it and laugh at me.
        While there are people in this World that do operate like that, those people are outnumbered by people with good hearts that are actually rooting for you.

        I had an incredible fear of speaking in public and once I confronted that fear, I realized that most people are interested in listening to you and are not there to to laugh if you stumble.

        Most of those folks feel for you when you do and are very forgiving.

        I know this to be true and I hope you can think about that when you do anything that will be viewed by the public.

        Are there going to be a few knuckleheads that are going to think you're an idiot for choosing a certain color on your page, or how you write?

        Of course.

        But they are the minority and most people will look past your weaknesses and are looking for your strengths. That's how they want to see you.

        Most of us know that we too are not perfect and that it's immature to focus on someone's imperfections.

        I honestly believe that all of us have far more potential than our faults and it is the fear of exposing our faults that stops us from reaching our potential.

        Sorry to the OP, didn't mean to ramble on.
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        • Profile picture of the author eddie jay
          Trying to stay motivated !!!!! I've been at this im thing now for
          going on 1 year and a half and haven't even made a dollar.
          Now for the most part of the time I spent I've tried few options
          just trying to find my way .. However now I finally found something
          that I like and I'm working at it but right now the only Internet
          access that I have is this iPhone ... ( wait !!!! Just had an epiphany)
          ok got to get to work sorry for the rant
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  • Profile picture of the author mahameru
    Getting Traffic for a new site is always not easy as theory. needs some experiments and trying error activities.
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  • Profile picture of the author uleesgold
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    finding customers, finding your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author theplugindude
    Building and satisfying ur list...
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  • Profile picture of the author m30jake
    I also agree that getting the correct traffic is hard too, getting the wrong traffic just makes your think that your product is not worth having.
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  • Profile picture of the author mello87
    Information overload is the biggest culprit for me. One thing at a time really doesnt get old, its very true!

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  • Profile picture of the author gyar29
    Opportunity hopping.

    So many opportunities to justify not finishing anything.

    Many of us hop to the latest greatest whatever while never actually implementing the last latest greatest whatever we hopped to.

    I call them perpetual customers. Always buying, never selling.
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    • Profile picture of the author NateC
      Originally Posted by gyar29 View Post

      Opportunity hopping.

      So many opportunities to justify not finishing anything.

      Many of us hop to the latest greatest whatever while never actually implementing the last latest greatest whatever we hopped to.

      I call them perpetual customers. Always buying, never selling.
      It is so easy to get started on something and then be distracted by something else that seems to be more important. Study the possibilities, pick one thing, EXECUTE!
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  • The thing for me is getting a daily schedule that I can be consisted with.
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  • Profile picture of the author jcolon
    For me the toughest part would be building a list, for some reason that really gives me tyrouble when its time to build a list for every diff niche im working with. sometimes i wish a targeted list would just land in my lap, also the stress part of not succeeding in the begginning can kill my motivation to continue trying .
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    • Profile picture of the author LifeWithWill
      Finding a niche and creating a product that:

      1. you're passionate about
      2. has low competition
      3. you can provide great value in your product or content

      it is the hardest to find, but once you do the journey becomes fun and not so much like you're doing work at all.

      At times I'll find 2/3 on this list, but it's a struggle compared to 3/3.
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  • Profile picture of the author heasy
    The most difficult thing about IM? Making money (at least when you are a newbie)
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    The hardest part for me was being mislead by lying sales marketers at the very beginning.

    World Internet Summit and the Grants were two of them that I wish I had of avoided.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      When you decide to get into Internet Marketing you come with two personality's. One is a buying personality and the other is a selling personality. If you want to be successful you'll have to switch.

      All our lives we thought about ourselves and now we have to think about the customer. I'm not just talking about an educated guess, you have to read their minds.

      The money is in the middle. And its like walking around with a blind fold on your face. If you make the switch to a selling personality usually your back has to be up against the wall and you are desperate. That is the hard way.

      The smart way is to keep your job and make the change gradually.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dana Goetz
    Finding the right mentor. Sitting behind the computer by yourself for hours on end sometimes leads to a bolt coming loose out of your head. Finding the right mentor and developing a mastermind group is the key to my success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    Carving your own slot into the market. I sent for a blast approach which worked for me!

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  • Profile picture of the author redoak98012
    #1 Staying focused. It's very easy when you get stuck on a task (For me it's the technical stuff) to "Take a break" and start aimlessly wandering online or even worse, back burner your project and start looking for something "Better"

    #2 Targeted Traffic: I don't spend time trying to get my site on Google anymore. No patience for SEO work, I'd much rather pay for advertising, negotiate fair pricing, and let people who are already on the 1st page of Google advertise for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      Taking action and following it through is hard. This is because there's a lot of information out there and you are constantly getting pulled in different directions. So actually having the mindset to stick to one and see it through is hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Brauer
    #1 Staying focused. It's very easy when you get stuck on a task (For me it's the technical stuff) to "Take a break" and start aimlessly wandering online or even worse, back burner your project and start looking for something "Better"
    I completely agree.

    I would say the hardest thing for me is staying focused, and not getting drawn into a new way of making money online...

    Rather I need to just focus on what works: creating quality content, building links, building relationships, creating great products, and building a list....

    All too often I get drawn into the new and shiny techniques and systems
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    For me the hardest part is to beat the strong competition I face in my field. If I was only an internet marketer everything would be quite easier for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    Building BUYER's list and selling your product is the hardest job
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  • Profile picture of the author Flugelbinders
    Getting quality traffic is the key challenge for me. I have created a top weight loss offer (my opinion) and after testing it via pulse and email we are getting great conversions 5%-6%. The challenge is finding quality traffic sources or pub's at this point!
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    Staying Focused and doing the activities that bring you money and other people value everyday .

    Avoiding info overload which is a widespread disease in the IM niche.

    Sticking it through until you make money on an idea rather thinking that the grass is greener on the other side because somebody told they make a boat load of cash
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    • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
      The most difficult part for me is failure. When I fail, I usually turn off the computer and have a good stiff drink. The next day I go right back at it
      and pick myself up from where I fell.
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  • Profile picture of the author EdgarOchoa
    I would agree. Information overload... Too many ways of making money.

    The hardest thing for me is (was) choosing one technique and taking action until completed.
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  • Profile picture of the author chenkev
    I think it's following through.

    It's one thing to throw up a website and bookmark a few articles. It's another to see it to the end.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
      Creating a reliable team.

      Internet Marketing is about constant producing quality products,
      sales copies, written content, catchy graphics designs and taking care
      of customers.

      You need a team: at least 1 or 2 writers, 1 copy writer, 1 graphics designer,
      1 assistant for customer support.

      Finding those people and building a team that costs much less than
      you are earning is the key. But that's the hardest part for me.
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  • Knowing who to believe...
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    During the initial newbie phase, one huge issue (which isn't likely to go away anytime soon) is information overload and the attendant confusion over what to do. This results in distraction and a lack of focus, and ultimately you'll end up getting very little done until you can make sense of all the information being thrown at you, and move forward by taking massive action only in one area at a time.

    Every newbie has to get through this phase, though some never quite make it. Overcoming it is far easier said than done, but I feel that people who have the wherewithal to acquire a mentor usually are able to overcome this obstacle more quickly and easily in general.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMorgan
    The two difficult aspects are getting highly targeted traffic and converting the traffic into buyers .
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  • Profile picture of the author Richy Burns
    To be honest....Getting wireless internet to do the darm work

    But really, taking action. After 3 years of learning I was a walking talking IM machine in theory, but where was the money???

    Glad I asked myself that question

    cheers

    Rich
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