I thinkn I am suffering from IM saturation syndrome

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I have been literally eating and sleeping Internet Marketing for about the last 6-8 months. I even dream about it... seriously. My girlfriend cringes every time I even mention anything IM related. I worry about her sabotaging my computer so she can get some quality time with me (half joking).

Here is my issue. When I started this quest everything was fresh and new to me. I had not even heard about the warrior forum. I spent my time reading every book I could find on every aspect I could find.

Now, after putting down the books and 'digging into the net' it seems to me like EVERYONE is into IM. I spend every free hour analyzing sales pages squeeze pages, researching keywords, finding niches, you all know the drill.

I know even if everyone were really into it then I will have to be better than most to be successful and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve that.

I know everyone is not doing this but does anyone else ever feel that way?

I'm getting ready to get my feet wet and get my first (e-commerce) site online soon within a week or two, maybe I am just thinking too much?

BTW After finally finding this place, (yes I know it's ridiculous it took me this long) I can connect many of you with your sites. Some of you people here are good, really good!
#saturation #suffering #syndrome #thinkn
  • Profile picture of the author Tenzo
    You'll be fine. It's this forum-Your surrounded by a lot of people that know a lot, and it's east to forget that most people online aren't as knowledgable. Good luck on your first project.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Green
    IM is so interesting, and addictive. Once you start learning you realize there aren't just a couple of ways to make money online, they are TONS of ways to make money online. The problem comes when you have to choose just one way and run with it. Stick with it until you know its a failure or you make it. Give yourself some guidelines before you start anything. For instance, I am going to try this, I will invest this much time and money, if it works great, if there is any hope I will continue, if it sucks I will move on. Then sell off what you have of the project and move to the next project. Don't ever expect to make it perfect the first time around. Practice really does make perfect.

    Good Luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I had to laugh when I read your post Mark.

    Today, I had a man come over to repair my furnace. He asked what type of work I did. I mentioned IM and he said, "Oh, my wife is doing that now!" all excited he explained to me the 'make money' programs she was promoting.

    He started talking about how "The Money's In The List" and rattled off how easy it was to get ranked first page for Google etc etc. ...mind you he's never done any of this himself and his wife probably hasn't made anything either. Pretty funny!

    I think it's easy to think EVERYBODY is in IM, just the way people used to think if they were in Real Estate, EVERYBODY was in Real Estate.

    In fact, with the exception of that fellow today, 99% of people I tell I'm in IM have no idea what I'm talking about - young or old.
    _____
    Bruce
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    • Profile picture of the author faridaziz
      Mark,

      There are many ways to make money online (affiliate marketing, selling your
      own products, selling your services, selling domain, etc) where each of these
      types have their own characteristics.

      So, here's a little advice:

      1. Pick 1 type of money-making that best suits you.

      You can pick as many as you want, but ONLY after you succeed in your
      1st choice money-making type.

      2. Learn from someone you can trust.

      Look for experts in the field that you think genuine.

      3. Focus.

      This is where MOST newbies fail.

      Instead of practicing what they have learned, most newbies are too busy
      learning and reading the LATEST killer strategies... and finally they find
      themselves jumping from one strategy to another and get confused!

      If you practice what you have learned from a trustee expert, you will
      get mature. Experience is the best teacher.


      And here are some simple things I do to stay FOCUS:

      1. Take notes about what you have just learned.

      2. Take notes about what you should practice.

      3. Every day, before you go to bed, make a list of "Things To Do Today".

      4. The next day, this should be the FIRST file you read.

      5. Do not open your email account first. Doing this will distract you from
      your next tasks, as you will find SO MANY offers and opportunities in your
      inbox...

      6. After you read your "Things To Do Today" list, then open your email.


      Hope this helps
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      • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
        6 Months...

        You need to have at least a dozen or so sites up by now, or at least that many campaigns.

        Time to take action- stop thinking about it.

        Just my take...
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        • Profile picture of the author Christian Fox
          Originally Posted by Eric Lorence View Post

          6 Months...

          You need to have at least a dozen or so sites up by now, or at least that many campaigns.

          Time to take action- stop thinking about it.

          Just my take...
          I know, that's going to change; my GF says the same thing to me every day. I am going to start pumping them out soon. I'm ready!
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        • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
          Originally Posted by Eric Lorence View Post

          Time to take action- stop thinking about it.
          Yup, took me more than 6 months to get on the horse with that one!

          That's really it...and once you can make something work it's time to scale it up!
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        • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
          Originally Posted by Eric Lorence View Post

          6 Months...

          You need to have at least a dozen or so sites up by now, or at least that many campaigns.

          Time to take action- stop thinking about it.

          Just my take...
          Yeah, I've noticed that you make more progress by trying and failing than by thinking. (obviously have a plan though).
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      • Profile picture of the author Brillant B
        I'm with you Mark. I'm more addicted to my laptop than anything else in my life. I think it is a little pathetic myself. My fiance has gotten used to it and just picks up a book everytime I sit down in front of the computer.
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      • Profile picture of the author Christian Fox
        Originally Posted by faridaziz View Post

        Mark,

        There are many ways to make money online (affiliate marketing, selling your
        own products, selling your services, selling domain, etc) where each of these
        types have their own characteristics.

        So, here's a little advice:

        1. Pick 1 type of money-making that best suits you.

        You can pick as many as you want, but ONLY after you succeed in your
        1st choice money-making type.

        2. Learn from someone you can trust.

        Look for experts in the field that you think genuine.

        3. Focus.

        This is where MOST newbies fail.

        Instead of practicing what they have learned, most newbies are too busy
        learning and reading the LATEST killer strategies... and finally they find
        themselves jumping from one strategy to another and get confused!

        If you practice what you have learned from a trustee expert, you will
        get mature. Experience is the best teacher.


        And here are some simple things I do to stay FOCUS:

        1. Take notes about what you have just learned.

        2. Take notes about what you should practice.

        3. Every day, before you go to bed, make a list of "Things To Do Today".

        4. The next day, this should be the FIRST file you read.

        5. Do not open your email account first. Doing this will distract you from
        your next tasks, as you will find SO MANY offers and opportunities in your
        inbox...

        6. After you read your "Things To Do Today" list, then open your email.


        Hope this helps
        You hit the nail on the head, thank you for the good advice.

        I think Mary brought that up also, there are so many ways to make money....

        I have been having trouble focusing, I really am a kid in a candy store at this point.

        I've practically worked myself to death to this point in my manufacturing business with little to show for it. I have a genuine belief the tables are about to turn!

        I relate to your 'things to do today list'. I have a mission statement stuck to my bathroom mirror I read aloud to myself at least 3 times a day, I WILL DO THIS.
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    • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      I had to laugh when I read your post Mark.

      Today, I had a man come over to repair my furnace. He asked what type of work I did. I mentioned IM and he said, "Oh, my wife is doing that now!" all excited he explained to me the 'make money' programs she was promoting.

      He started talking about how "The Money's In The List" and rattled off how easy it was to get ranked first page for Google etc etc. ...mind you he's never done any of this himself and his wife probably hasn't made anything either. Pretty funny!

      I think it's easy to think EVERYBODY is in IM, just the way people used to think if they were in Real Estate, EVERYBODY was in Real Estate.

      In fact, with the exception of that fellow today, 99% of people I tell I'm in IM have no idea what I'm talking about - young or old.
      _____
      Bruce


      Sounds like that guy has great potential in IM! LOL

      If I started talking to anyone of my neighbours about
      "The money is in the list" or "Content is king", they'd
      probably look at me weird.
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  • Profile picture of the author esr
    I've learned A LOT in this forum, but the best advice I took to heart was "Take Action."

    Stop reading about the next "opportunity" or "marketing method" that's sure to make you rich. Choose your niche and focus on it. Take action with it.

    Stop reading and WORK.
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  • Profile picture of the author P_Cerrito
    Awesome thread. My brother comes up to me the other day and says he wants to start a website for insurance and asked me what it would take. At first I laughed because I knew he didn't realize what he was asking. After a couple of mins of telling him how I would go about setting it up he says "stop". I just wanted something simple. haha I was actually being simple and told him only the basics but it was mind boggling to a newbie. I predict there will be an avalance of people getting into IM thinking they will accidently hit the magic button and turn on the profit faucet or something like that. haha -but I also predict the 80/20. The top 20% will always make 80% of the money. I hear ya man- it seems like everyone is into it but I believe most people will never put the effort into it like you did and you will slay 'em. Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    Choose one thing that you want to do for example; affiliate marketing and start one website and drive one form of traffic to it. Learn that and move on to another method of traffic etc. The key is to focus on one thing at a time.

    By the way, my brother-in-law got me semi interested in IM 3 years ago. He has been reading, researching, surfing the net for the last 3 years. In May he got his first website up - I installed it for him. It still has nothing on it. Lesson? Start doing stuff.

    All the best

    Leanne
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  • Profile picture of the author brand1m
    The reason why action is so difficult is because that is where risk begins.

    There is no risk in reading or "studying". Its safe. We can take comfort in our pdfs, books and podcasts. When we step out into "doing" we are exposed. But without that risk, there is no reward, only regret.
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    • Profile picture of the author avandrunen
      Hey Mark,

      I can totally relate, I have been thinking...way to much for years about getting into this.
      I would read this report or that one and decided that this way or that way or this method or that method was the best.
      I finally sat down a couple of weeks ago and started looking at the options...decided on a course of action and that is the way I am going...to start, there are many things I want to try but I had to pick one and just start...I am going aff marketing myself and have done the keyword research and bought some domains and hosting and am now in the process of building my first site...that's taking longer than I would like but hey...part of the process.
      I also hooked up with a couple of great guys here and am following along in their wso.

      best of luck...and may we all prosper.
      Also a big thanks to all here for the support provided to all newbies of which I will be one for quite some time.

      Thanks
      Adrian
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Originally Posted by bigmark1972 View Post

    I have been literally eating and sleeping Internet Marketing for about the last 6-8 months. I even dream about it... seriously. My girlfriend cringes every time I even mention anything IM related. I worry about her sabotaging my computer so she can get some quality time with me (half joking).

    Here is my issue. When I started this quest everything was fresh and new to me. I had not even heard about the warrior forum. I spent my time reading every book I could find on every aspect I could find.

    Now, after putting down the books and 'digging into the net' it seems to me like EVERYONE is into IM. I spend every free hour analyzing sales pages squeeze pages, researching keywords, finding niches, you all know the drill.

    I know even if everyone were really into it then I will have to be better than most to be successful and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve that.

    I know everyone is not doing this but does anyone else ever feel that way?

    I'm getting ready to get my feet wet and get my first (e-commerce) site online soon within a week or two, maybe I am just thinking too much?

    BTW After finally finding this place, (yes I know it's ridiculous it took me this long) I can connect many of you with your sites. Some of you people here are good, really good!

    I can completely relate... I spend every waking moment either at the computer or doing good old fashion research at the library just to get out of the house...

    The hours go by so quick and one week rolls into the next but I absolutely love IM. I went out and got a double screen HP2335 with a new 64 bit computer just to keep an eye on my stats. That's the only function of that computer - obsession???

    Mike Hill

    PS. Just jump in and put something out there. That will be your best educator... learning from experience. Don't worry about the failures just learn from them and keep on going.
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  • Profile picture of the author homebizbuilder
    Hi bigmark,

    Wow, dreaming about it? Hey, got to relax a bit. A balanced work life is important.

    It's important to stay focused on a strategy and plan that works for you. Get it to work well, tweak it and improve until such a point that you feel that you can automate it, then move on to the next.

    That's how businessmen build businesses just like what marketing gurus do.

    But I must applaud your hardwork and diligence. I can see that you will make it one day.

    But most important of all, NEVER GIVE UP! No matter what. Conviction and the faith in yourself is important to push you forward.

    Have a Vision/dream, then develop your plan to reach, followed by setting milestones.

    Davion

    Originally Posted by bigmark1972 View Post

    I have been literally eating and sleeping Internet Marketing for about the last 6-8 months. I even dream about it... seriously. My girlfriend cringes every time I even mention anything IM related. I worry about her sabotaging my computer so she can get some quality time with me (half joking).

    Here is my issue. When I started this quest everything was fresh and new to me. I had not even heard about the warrior forum. I spent my time reading every book I could find on every aspect I could find.

    Now, after putting down the books and 'digging into the net' it seems to me like EVERYONE is into IM. I spend every free hour analyzing sales pages squeeze pages, researching keywords, finding niches, you all know the drill.

    I know even if everyone were really into it then I will have to be better than most to be successful and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve that.

    I know everyone is not doing this but does anyone else ever feel that way?

    I'm getting ready to get my feet wet and get my first (e-commerce) site online soon within a week or two, maybe I am just thinking too much?

    BTW After finally finding this place, (yes I know it's ridiculous it took me this long) I can connect many of you with your sites. Some of you people here are good, really good!
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    • Profile picture of the author Christian Fox
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      Originally Posted by homebizbuilder View Post

      Hi bigmark,

      Wow, dreaming about it? Hey, got to relax a bit. A balanced work life is important.

      It's important to stay focused on a strategy and plan that works for you. Get it to work well, tweak it and improve until such a point that you feel that you can automate it, then move on to the next.

      That's how businessmen build businesses just like what marketing gurus do.

      But I must applaud your hardwork and diligence. I can see that you will make it one day.

      But most important of all, NEVER GIVE UP! No matter what. Conviction and the faith in yourself is important to push you forward.

      Have a Vision/dream, then develop your plan to reach, followed by setting milestones.

      Davion

      I can see how it can look obsessive, but my family's (3'rd generation) manufacturing business is about to fail. I have spent half a lifetime working myself to death trying to 'make it'. I have probably less than 3 months before I am unemployed.

      My dad has everything on the line and will most likely lose it all. I desperately want to be able to help my parents keep their home as it is collateral on several loans that will surely default.

      They are good people, animal lovers with goats, dogs, cats, exotic birds etc. My mom loves them like children. If I can't find a way to help my parents, they will be living in an apartment alone.

      That is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

      The more I learn about IM, the more I KNOW it is the absolute best way to provide myself, my girl and my family with the help they need.

      Relaxation is an option I don't have right now, it's full speed ahead. My motivation is much deeper than simply money.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    Originally Posted by bigmark1972 View Post

    I have been literally eating and sleeping Internet Marketing for about the last 6-8 months. I even dream about it... seriously. My girlfriend cringes every time I even mention anything IM related. I worry about her sabotaging my computer so she can get some quality time with me (half joking).

    Here is my issue. When I started this quest everything was fresh and new to me. I had not even heard about the warrior forum. I spent my time reading every book I could find on every aspect I could find.

    Now, after putting down the books and 'digging into the net' it seems to me like EVERYONE is into IM. I spend every free hour analyzing sales pages squeeze pages, researching keywords, finding niches, you all know the drill.

    I know even if everyone were really into it then I will have to be better than most to be successful and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve that.

    I know everyone is not doing this but does anyone else ever feel that way?

    I'm getting ready to get my feet wet and get my first (e-commerce) site online soon within a week or two, maybe I am just thinking too much?

    BTW After finally finding this place, (yes I know it's ridiculous it took me this long) I can connect many of you with your sites. Some of you people here are good, really good!

    Yes you are thinking too much.

    You need to start taking action...that's how you drown out that stupid voice of doubt.

    Pick one thing you can do right now that will take you forward...a simple task that will take 15 minutes or less...and just do it.

    Then pick the next small task and keep doing that until you're making money.

    There are many people on the Warrior Forum who aren't making money...it's nearly always because they're simply not applying the knowledge they already have.

    Put simply they know a lot but they're not doing anything with it.

    Take some action right NOW.

    Kindest regards,
    Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    Taking action is the key. It's funny how we study, learn, get excited - and then do nothing. Why? Many times we are afraid of failure, that we will look silly, or just can't do it. Stop thinking that way and JUST DO IT.

    Here is a little story of what has happened to me. I began doing affiliate marketing, which I am still doing quite successfully. However, my true love is writing.

    Six months ago, I would NOT HAVE DARED to post any ads offering my writing services - I was too unsure of myself.

    Last week, I finally made that big step and published an ad on Craigslist. Actually, I published two. On that first one, it took me great courage to hit the "post" button. But I did it. I nearly fainted, but I did it.

    Within a day, I had a reply. I have now written my first 10 articles for this person, and he loves them so much that he has given me 100 to write in the next few weeks. Even said that if anyone was unsure of my writing skills, send them to him. Then he said "on second thought, don't - I want to keep you all to myself".

    This goes to show you that jumping in there and doing it can pay off - BIG TIME. I am now so excited about my work, it has given me more motivation than ever.

    Moral of the story - if you don't do it because of insecurities, you are never going to know just how successful you can really be.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author imon32red
      Hi Mark,

      Just letting you know that I am in the same boat. I built my first website about 6 months ago. It was a complete failure. I do a lot of family history work. About 2 months ago I built my second website to show others in my family the work that I have done and to help me with my research. Although it is far from being perfect it is not bad either. I am going to start building my third site today. I am going to give IM a shot and have gotten plenty of great ideas from the Warrior forum. Now that we know your personal situation, please update us on your successes and failures. Everyone in here is so positive. Its so amazing how many people are negative about getting into IM. I just made the mistake the other day of talking about it with some family members. To them it is such a laugh. I know that we both can do this so let's just get it done.
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      • Profile picture of the author Christian Fox
        Originally Posted by imon32red View Post

        Hi Mark,

        Just letting you know that I am in the same boat. I built my first website about 6 months ago. It was a complete failure. I do a lot of family history work. About 2 months ago I built my second website to show others in my family the work that I have done and to help me with my research. Although it is far from being perfect it is not bad either. I am going to start building my third site today. I am going to give IM a shot and have gotten plenty of great ideas from the Warrior forum. Now that we know your personal situation, please update us on your successes and failures. Everyone in here is so positive. Its so amazing how many people are negative about getting into IM. I just made the mistake the other day of talking about it with some family members. To them it is such a laugh. I know that we both can do this so let's just get it done.
        Yeah, I get that also... My gf and I just broke up and that was a big part of it.

        It gets old, they have NO IDEA of how much money can be made doing this. The only way I am going to shut them all up and convince them I'm not wasting my time is to prove it to them.

        I get the feeling her parents think it's 'hucksterish' and not a valid way to make a good living. She felt like it takes too much time from her, won't work and I should start looking for another engineering job. Anyway, that's not an issue any longer.

        I've really been getting lots done, now if I can get the damn paypal sandbox to cooperate with DL Guard I'll be good to go.

        Don't let them get you down...
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    If you need to absorb a lot of information fast, the techniques in Paul Scheele's book: PhotoReading will improve your efficiency in taking on board new information. Also if you go to the Enhancements tab in Windows Media Player and select increase speeds you can increase the speed of a the audio files, I find I can increase to 2X and still be able to follow comfortably. This should increase the efficiency with which you absorb information. 6 months is not along time and if you are to do this seriously it takes at least that to get usable knowledge and importantly your own analysis or take on it. You were right not to jump without an preparation.
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  • Profile picture of the author traces2757
    Originally Posted by Christian Fox View Post

    I have been literally eating and sleeping Internet Marketing for about the last 6-8 months. I even dream about it... seriously. My girlfriend cringes every time I even mention anything IM related. I worry about her sabotaging my computer so she can get some quality time with me (half joking).

    Here is my issue. When I started this quest everything was fresh and new to me. I had not even heard about the warrior forum. I spent my time reading every book I could find on every aspect I could find.

    Now, after putting down the books and 'digging into the net' it seems to me like EVERYONE is into IM. I spend every free hour analyzing sales pages squeeze pages, researching keywords, finding niches, you all know the drill.

    I know even if everyone were really into it then I will have to be better than most to be successful and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve that.

    I know everyone is not doing this but does anyone else ever feel that way?

    I'm getting ready to get my feet wet and get my first (e-commerce) site online soon within a week or two, maybe I am just thinking too much?

    BTW After finally finding this place, (yes I know it's ridiculous it took me this long) I can connect many of you with your sites. Some of you people here are good, really good!
    The reason that it looks to you like "everybody" is into Internet marketing is because that is what you're focusing on. It's a well known phenomenon. Before you got into Internet marketing you probably barely registered when someone talked about it, or when you read something about it. Now that you're into it, your attention is grabbed when you hear someone mention it or when you read about it, etc.

    For example; a woman finds out she's pregnant. Suddenly she's focused on all things pregnancy, childbirth, and babies. It doesn't take long before she's thinking to herself "wow, there are a lot of pregnant women/new mothers around all of a sudden...isn't that strange!" Not strange; it's just what she's focusing on now.

    People who make money with Internet marketing are still a small percentage of the overall workforce. However, you're surrounding yourself with them so much right now that it seems like everybody is doing it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Hangen
    If I were you, I'd stop wasting time posting on the forums. You should be able to get a site up by the end of the week, have it indexed, and start driving traffic to it.

    I've been in the same place and I realized that it was easier to read and fantasize about it than it was to take action. I kicked my own ass and now I have more sites than I can manage. Find a proven system and stick to it until it works. Tell us when the $ starts coming in
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