Info Overload! Noob confessions...

by Valli
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Hello everybody...

my noob problem:

information overload!

I am pretty agile in learning and try to avoid the rumored "shiny object obsession", but the stance of a seasonesd warrior (whom i can't pm as of now) has made me think again though. He shared that he occasionally reads 2-3 newsletter/blogs to keep up with what is going on and takes heed to what friends in the industry share with him. THAT'S ALL.

Well i do not have any friends in the industry yet and it seems to be not easy at all for me to find the right balance between curious learning and procrastinating the implementation of what is at hand!

I mean if i would not be open minded at all, i would not have found this awesome forum and a lot of ideas and opportunities on the net for a start.

Am currently in the phase to consolidate my info sources. I have discovered about 50 good and seemingly respected blogs/forums etc. since the beginning 2011 and i wonder how to keep up with it. There is so much to take in!

Could you share which blogs/sites/sources you value over all other?! How do you manage and balance all the information? All these different areas?

Do you deem it best for a beginner to first concentrate on one single field, e.g. affiliate marketing or copywriting etc.? Or is it worth a try to learn and mix two or even three areas of expertise for greater impact?

Which would be your advice on what to tackle first, what to postpone...
I know this boils very much down to your character and inclination - most importantly to your strategy. So let me ask you personally - how did you achieve mastery over this.

Some serious, thoughtful help would be so much appreciated indeed!

Best wishes to all warriors, Valli
#confessions #info #noob #overload
  • Profile picture of the author BaltimoreDave
    Hey, I'm pretty new to IM as well. However, I have a good friend who makes lots of money doing IM. While talking to him, I felt that same Info. overload. Then I started reading on this forum, which lead into more confusion. After finally getting all of the answers I could out of a trusted friend. I decided that affiliate marketing was a good way to start and that I didn't want to dive in further until I understood some of the IM basics. Affiliate marketing provides a good view on how SEs work, and people work for that matter. Amazon is very easy, but you can also check out click bank and commission junction. Once I profit enough to buy my self a new computer and save a little, I'll move on to bigger ventures. As for blogs...That's all good stuff, & I keep up with a couple that help me...but this forum really has a great amount of info, if you can see passed all of the liars and self promoters. If I were you, I would continue on this forum, book mark your blogs and visit them as you wish. If you don't feel like following a blog that's been bookmarked for a few weeks, review it and then decide what you want to follow.


    You're in the right place. Just don't stress it too much. It's good to make your own way, because only you can do whats best for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Valli
      Thanks,

      sounds like we have same plans!

      Wish you a lot of success...

      Oh, and it is great that you have a real & successful friend you can talk about IM.

      Peace

      Originally Posted by BaltimoreDave View Post

      Once I profit enough to buy my self a new computer and save a little, I'll move on to bigger ventures.

      ...

      You're in the right place. Just don't stress it too much. It's good to make your own way, because only you can do whats best for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
        Originally Posted by Valli View Post

        Thanks,

        sounds like we have same plans!

        Wish you a lot of success...

        Oh, and it is great that you have a real & successful friend you can talk about IM.

        Peace

        This. Right now I'm focusing on one avenue. Video Creation services. I've been doing it for nearly a year and a half. My goal is to expand into every area of my niche and learn as much about it as possible. Everything I read and encounter from how to manage a list, to seo tips, to wordpress to graphics, to tips on JV and affiliate marketing, I'm adapting to my business.

        I read somewhere get one website to earn $1000 a month. So take everything you learn and apply it to that one goal.

        Write out what you want to do. I started off with one goal. Earn $300 a month for 6 months creating video services. Then I broke down what I needed to do to reach that goal. 1. Create product. 2. Create website. 3. Get clients. 4. develop my client process and delivery system. 5. Implement. Then I researched what I needed to learn to do each thing that would help me reach that goal. Needless to say I hit my goal.

        And that's where all the information from your information overload comes in. Then you go down the list and apply the info to create a marketing plan and to create the product/services you need to earn that goal. All things serve the goal or they are useless. When you read something, you ask yourself, will this help me in my current goal? If so, you bookmark it, or PDF it or google docs copy it and keep going down your list. If not, dismiss it.

        Once you have a basic system set up, any new information must be used to make it easier to complete your processes, if not...toss it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Valli
          Definitely. I have to decide where my passion is and filter according to that goal. Sounds easy, but i am not sure if i will find my niche soon.

          Building minisites for adsense may be something to make a few bucks in the beginning and to learn on the way. But it is not really my vision of adding to the greater good of humanity.

          I esp. like the dedication that can be sensed in your post - thanks!

          Well, building the next big thing as a IM guru and market it to the next gen noobs is nothing i dream about either.

          I will have to find my way, as Dave said...


          Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

          All things serve the goal or they are useless. When you read something, you ask yourself, will this help me in my current goal? If so, you bookmark it, or PDF it or google docs copy it and keep going down your list. If not, dismiss it.

          Once you have a basic system set up, any new information must be used to make it easier to complete your processes, if not...toss it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    You will find everything you need in the Warrior Forum chap, pick a single method and run with, don't waste your time reading lots of blogs, take action. Do it now!
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    • Profile picture of the author James Sides
      I'm going to tell you the single biggest SECRET to making money online.

      Are you ready? Now, Listen Carefully!

      There is no secret. ZOMG!?!? Yep, that's it. Pick ONE method, FOCUS 100%, and DO IT.

      If you can make 1 sale there is no reason you can't make 10 and if you can make 10 there is no reason you can't make 100...etc etc etc.

      Cheers,

      James
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      • Profile picture of the author Valli
        Hehe, i like that.

        is this the secret you promote via your WSO as well...

        Maybe i will check it out.

        Peace out!

        Originally Posted by Fenderkid View Post

        I'm going to tell you the single biggest SECRET to making money online.

        Are you ready? Now, Listen Carefully!

        There is no secret.
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        • Profile picture of the author James Sides
          Originally Posted by Valli View Post

          Hehe, i like that.

          is this the secret you promote via your WSO as well...

          Maybe i will check it out.

          Peace out!
          Haha, actually my WSO is about one method for making money online out of the tons of ways I've tried. This is going to sound crazy to some but just because you find a way to make money online that works doesn't take away the temptation to try new things.

          One great thing about IM< there is no right/wrong way to make money as long as your ethical with it! (but really, focus on ONE method at a time)

          Cheers,

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

            Haha, actually my WSO is about one method for making money online out of the tons of ways I've tried. This is going to sound crazy to some but just because you find a way to make money online that works doesn't take away the temptation to try new things.

            One great thing about IM< there is no right/wrong way to make money as long as your ethical with it! (but really, focus on ONE method at a time)

            Cheers,

            James
            I definitely concur with your statement above, James. It's the classic "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" syndrome that afflicts even seasoned marketers. We're always trying to improve and get better at what we do, but there's a pretty fine line between improving and taking on too many things simultaneously.

            However, for newbies, there's no doubt that they need to focus on just one thing at a time until they get good at it. If even seasoned marketers have issues with doing too many things at one time, I think it's pretty safe to say that newbies should avoid this completely!

            Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Valli
      You are right!

      It is high time to focus...

      I will keep you updated about first profits.



      Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

      You will find everything you need in the Warrior Forum chap, pick a single method and run with, don't waste your time reading lots of blogs, take action. Do it now!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    Pick one method and stick with it.

    For me, when I first started making money, that meant deciding to focus on one talent: writing.

    Then I looked at ways to make money writing: product creation, building sites, selling articles to people, etc.

    I picked a method with fast returns -- writing articles for other people -- and stuck with it.

    I only read WF when I needed to learn something specific (how to set up Paypal, how to set up my portfolio site, etc).

    I set income targets -- they can be low, like $100 per month! -- and worked hard until I met them. Then, I chose another target and worked to meet it, continuing to focus on working more than reading sources.

    You can apply this "template" to other methods of making money, too. Pick a skill or resource you want to use, a specific method of making money, and focus on it while consulting WF and other sources only when you need to know something.

    When you're absolutely new and don't even know what methods of making money are out there, it can be a "1 hour learning to 1 hour action" ratio, the lowest there is. Once you've already picked a method (and there are lots of tips, hints, methods, and even blueprints available right here for free), reduce that to 1 hour learning and 2 hours action, then 1 hour learning and 5 hours action.

    Challenge yourself to do more and more and read less and less until you're succeeding.
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    • Profile picture of the author Valli
      Very helpful, Zabrina! Thanks.

      I do not dare to tell you what my ratio was until now.

      Can i make money reading? Would like to focus on that.

      You say you are a student for life. So am i. Actually i am still in philosophy masters programme at varsity. Reading is my passion. Now it is time to develop some doing skills in order to make some money so that i can have time to read the classics again.

      See you around.
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    • Profile picture of the author TylerRWS
      Hi Valli,

      For two years I moved from new product to new product...new WSO to new WSO...

      And in two years, I think I made a total of approximately $100.

      Yeah...that sucked.

      It wasn't until I saw Seth Godin's video "Quieting The Lizard Brain" that things kinda clicked for me.

      I can't do the video justice by trying to break it down for you...so here's the link to it.

      Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain

      Maybe it will resonate with you, and maybe it won't.

      Either way, it's worth taking the 18 minutes to watch it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Valli
        Definitely sounds like fun. Will let you know...

        Good that you have broken through!

        ...

        Damn. It is almost 4am in Germany... Time to get some rest in between.

        See you

        Originally Posted by SimpleTravis View Post

        Maybe it will resonate with you, and maybe it won't.

        Either way, it's worth taking the 18 minutes to watch it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vasalisa
      Thanks Zabrina, a very wise answer
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Beer will fix your info over load soldier.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I had the same issue when I found this forum. There is info everywhere and tons of it! The only real tip I have is to pick something, read about it, and put it to work. For every hour you spend reading and learning, take an hour and put what you learned to work. If you spent all your time learning, nothing will get done. Only after you have put a plan into action will you know if it works or not. If it does, great! If it doesn't, come back and start reading and working on a new plan. Don't try and take it in all at once either! It'll just send your brain spinning.
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  • Profile picture of the author joinfoarrive
    I agree that focus is the key to success. I don't want to be a "nay-sayer" on the forums complaining about how I quit and changed my direction and am still broke. Patience is also a big part of this plan too. I didn't quit my day job, so I can keep focusing and plugg-in (pun intended...lol) along Good luck to all.
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    • Profile picture of the author gefflong
      Well, everyone is different, so we all start with different things. What I enjoy doing wouldn't necessarily be enjoyable for you. In then end, that's what we all need to do... things that we enjoy doing.

      This place is a great starting point to get your feet wet, but you are also right on when you mention information overload. Everyone and I do mean EVERYONE has been on information overload at some point.

      The biggest key is to pick one thing and get really good at that. It really won't benefit you to get a little bit good at doing everything and not excel at anything.

      What interests you?

      Do you like writing? Do you like teaching or creating things? Maybe you like managing things. Find something you like and gravitate towards that. There is absolutely NOT just one way to make money online. There are thousand and thousands of ways to do that.

      The easiest way is to find someone that is successful doing something you would like to do and learn from them. It could be someone on here, it could be someone on another forum, it could be someone who you follow through newsletters, etc.

      I'm not saying just go out and listen to and follow anyone you can find. Develop some trust in someone and go for it. There are many, many marketers out there that deliver quality content, are honest, and love to teach. If you aren't sure about someone you are interested in following... as around. If the person is trustworthy, you will quickly find that out.

      So, anyway, you should definitely find the types of things you gravitate to and enjoy and start with one of those. There is really no wrong way to start. JUST START DOING!!

      I would say more than 90% of the people come to this board (and many others) with good intentions to do the internet marketing thing... but when they find out you actually have to do something, that is the end of it. They either have no desire to actually do any work or if they are willing to do the work, they are afraid to actually jump in.

      For me, I started with affiliate marketing. And, of course, I did it wrong. But I learned. I did make a little money doing that, but I really didn't have the concept of list building down, and that is where huge money can be made.

      If you would like to start with affiliate marketing, I would say go ahead and jump in... It is a great way to learn all the processes.

      If you do go that route, let me give you one HUGE tip. Send your traffic to a squeeze page and capture their email address before you send them off to the affiliate sales page. That way you can build a list, build trust with them and market to those people forever and you don't just give that lead to the affiliate.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ryback
        The Secret to making money online is..... are you Ready??

        Its definitely not reading the responses to your question!

        You already have a lot of information but you seem unsure about yourself. How do you know if something works unless you try it? So you just wasted valuable time reading this when you should be implementing knowledge that you have. Pick a method and go for it. If you fail at least you will learn something from it. Along your journey you will be learning a lot. If you have a bulldog mentality then you will eventually be successful.
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      • Profile picture of the author Valli
        Originally Posted by gefflong View Post

        If you would like to start with affiliate marketing, I would say go ahead and jump in... It is a great way to learn all the processes.

        If you do go that route, let me give you one HUGE tip. Send your traffic to a squeeze page and capture their email address before you send them off to the affiliate sales page. That way you can build a list, build trust with them and market to those people forever and you don't just give that lead to the affiliate.
        Thanks for the thoughtful reply, esp. the tip on the list... It is good to know that almost all warriors experienced the same in the beginning!

        Originally Posted by Ryback View Post

        You already have a lot of information but you seem unsure about yourself. How do you know if something works unless you try it? So you just wasted valuable time reading this when you should be implementing knowledge that you have. Pick a method and go for it. If you fail at least you will learn something from it. Along your journey you will be learning a lot. If you have a bulldog mentality then you will eventually be successful.
        "Building mentality". Right! So i will consider this topic closed for now.

        I will post my success here in the future. Back to work.

        Thank you all...
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    • Profile picture of the author Valli
      Originally Posted by AmandaT View Post

      It'll just send your brain spinning.
      I know how that feels for sure...

      Originally Posted by joinfoarrive View Post

      Patience is also a big part of this plan too. ...
      Good luck to all.
      Thank God i have a lot of that. Good luck to you too!
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  • Profile picture of the author imagoodguy
    great post one of my biggest flaw have been info overload
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude7
    I would say like others pick one method and stick with it.
    Make sure it's a simple method.
    When I started I sold an ebook by getting to know people on a forum via comments simple as that...
    Only one road to mecca is a saying i heard many years ago.
    I hope it helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Info overload is THE biggest problem when you're new to the scene on Warrior Forum....

    Pinpoint a good, proven method that appeals to you on here (look at the 5 star threads on this forum or any threads on the War Room) and just put the blinders on.

    Of course, even the experienced IM'ers can be tempted by the "next shiny thing" that is posted on here or sent to their inbox, but staying focused is really key.

    Zabrina's suggestions in post #8 are really golden....Try to setup your taking action time to your reading/learning time to a ratio of 2/1 or even 5/1!
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  • Profile picture of the author MBizInc
    Hello.

    Well, if you want "friends" in the industry, I recommend you join up a team of writers that can teach you everything you need to know.

    Also, start your own blog, look for the local blog writers and try to socialize with them.
    Join freelance groups on facebook, follow them on twitter and interact.

    Have patience, everything comes in time.

    Best wishes,

    Roxana
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  • Profile picture of the author Slim Shady
    I agree with Zambrina, She knows what she is talking about.

    Heres some philosophy for you

    The oldest saying
    The shortest distance between two point is a straight line..

    This makes sense..

    If you take detours you will arrive at your destination too late... or never


    Means to focus 1000% Percent of what you are doing at the moment..

    Without distractions...

    Next Set a Target....
    If you never set a target you will never reach it...

    In Internet Marketing the target is Conversation
    And keeping track of the target is Tracking....


    Start Will Small Goals:
    Earn Your First 1.00
    Then Your First 10.00
    Your First 100.00
    And So On....

    Start With Small Goals And Work To Big Goals...

    Most people don't have no goals, don't have a target and don't know what path to proceed in. Get Set, Aim and Fire..If you don't take action you will never reach your target...

    Take care,
    Ray Gollis
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Brauer
    Honestly, I would give you advice that's contrary to most people...

    If you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to be a "jack of all trades."

    Don't think you need to be an expert at everything, but you do need to understand the basics of how things work (list building, SEO, copywriting, product creation)...

    Then when you achieve 80% mastery of each of the main areas of internet business, and have cashflow, start outsourcing...

    The #1 skill of a business person/entrepreneur is knowing how to build a system! Rather than working harder in your business, get your business to work harder for you.
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