The biggest time waster in Internet marketing is...

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When you are just starting out, you get an incredible rush every time you check that affiliate account and see a sale.

Guess what... long after you become a seasoned pro, you still get that rush.

The problem is that the rush you get from seeing those numbers change when you hit the refresh button becomes addicting... and unless you are addicted broccoli, addictions are bad.

This particular addiction takes up an incredible amount of your day. So, the next time you blast your list or put up a new squeeze page, resist the temptation to check your stats every three minutes. That time would be better spent working on your next big idea.

Limit yourself to checking how much money you made once every few hours. Do this and you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    I thought the biggest time waster in IM was not taking action. ^^ The "refresh" addiction doesn't just apply to checking sales though. It can be when you're waiting for a response in a thread or waiting on hearing back from someone.
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    • Profile picture of the author DatingGoldJason
      Originally Posted by Joshua Rigley View Post

      I thought the biggest time waster in IM was not taking action. ^^ The "refresh" addiction doesn't just apply to checking sales though. It can be when you're waiting for a response in a thread or waiting on hearing back from someone.

      That is so true!
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    • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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      Originally Posted by Joshua Rigley View Post

      I thought the biggest time waster in IM was not taking action. ^^ The "refresh" addiction doesn't just apply to checking sales though. It can be when you're waiting for a response in a thread or waiting on hearing back from someone.
      I agree with him..
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      • Profile picture of the author wklee
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        1. Read a lot in warrior forum and not taking any actions
        2. Check your rankings and emails for sales almost hourly
        3. Spend money on link building which does not work
        4. Have just got some ideas in your mind but take it slowly to implement
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    • Profile picture of the author TroelsJepsen
      Originally Posted by Joshua Rigley View Post

      I thought the biggest time waster in IM was not taking action. ^^ The "refresh" addiction doesn't just apply to checking sales though. It can be when you're waiting for a response in a thread or waiting on hearing back from someone.
      This is something I've also found myself guilty of many times. What is particularly dangerous about this one is that it completely screws up any momentum you might have built up, and you end up just waiting for that reply/email/confirmation/result instead of taking right action, like you should.
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  • Profile picture of the author theaffiliategeek
    Yes, one of many ways to waste time. And I keep finding new ways to waste more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    When you are just starting out, you get an incredible rush every time you check that affiliate account and see a sale.

    Guess what... long after you become a seasoned pro, you still get that rush.

    The problem is that the rush you get from seeing those numbers change when you hit the refresh button becomes addicting... and unless you are addicted broccoli, addictions are bad.

    This particular addiction takes up an incredible amount of your day. So, the next time you blast your list or put up a new squeeze page, resist the temptation to check your stats every three minutes. That time would be better spent working on your next big idea.

    Limit yourself to checking how much money you made once every few hours. Do this and you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off.
    Eah, I was about to make a smart remark and say "Posts like these"

    But the content of your post persuaded me not to. You're totally right. I even wake up at night to check my phone for any sales lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    I think the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is asking or answering questions on what the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richest
      Searching for fast or even instant money maker product I guess
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      • Profile picture of the author KenB
        I would say the biggest waste of time you can do is not doing anything at all. Instead of focusing on reading on multiple concepts and hundreds of ways to make money, you should really work on developing a mind where you can manage to focus on one thing and learn how to stick to it. It's easy to start something it's WAYY harder to stick with it. To keep that mentality to keep going no matter what, no matter if you see no results. Believe in yourself and believe in what your doing and you will make it. The quest for eternal knowledge lies here, you need to learn that learning is a never ending process and you need to be able to take everything you read and apply to what you are doing whether it be now or later. Everything is valuable, especially within this forum. Don't be afraid to get your feet wet.

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    • Profile picture of the author Coach Louisa
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      I think the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is asking or answering questions on what the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is.

      You got it!
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      I think the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is asking or answering questions on what the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is.
      I can't help but smile.

      I am with you mate.
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert X
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      I think the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is asking or answering questions on what the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is.
      Now that's funny
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    • Profile picture of the author johnmarley
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      I think the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is asking or answering questions on what the biggest time waster in Internet marketing is.
      ROFL!!! Very True...:p
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  • Profile picture of the author ricoramiro
    Awesome article. I've been checking my traffic stats 4 or 5 times a day and money stats about the same.

    It's a waste of time. Thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnificentpower
    I think the biggest time wasters is keep opt-in to marketing gurus' lists,and read their emails everyday.
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  • You are so right Brian! How much time have I wasted on that over the years! Also the more you check the more you tend to fiddle with your squeeze and sales pages if you are not getting immediate results instead of giving them a decent amount of time to perform.

    My biggest time waster though is checking my rankings on Google... particularly for my offline clients... that can become really addictive if you're not careful!
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    I was going to say reading forums like this! But...I do get quite a bit of useful information here so that when I do go back to taking "action" it's much smarter action...so I guess that's not a waste of time.

    The OP's point though rings sooooo true for me, though. Sometimes I'm just constantly "checking" things and it's a HUGE waste of my time on a daily basis.

    I'm thinking what would be a good idea is to check once per day, quickly, and then reserve a few hours at the end of each week to review. That way I'm feeding my addiction but not wasting time over and over again throughout the day. I read a blog post about this a few weeks ago but can't seem to remember the link...good post though, OP.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi E.,

      Do this and you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off.
      Thanks, I've been looking for a solution to this problem for some time...

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      • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi E.,

        Thanks, I've been looking for a solution to this problem for some time...

        Hi Roger,

        You see, that it was worth coming here? You also learned something today, right? And the day is not over yet.

        Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author redrabbitt67
    Doing too much reading, studying, surfing in internet and not taking action. It ain't hard. Just figure out what you are going to do and do it. I'm as guilty as anyone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Haha - this is funny.

    I don't even look at how much I make - I just wait until the checks come through the door or the money hits my account.

    I love the surprise I get when my Amazon checks come so I purposely don't look online at the sales figures.

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  • Profile picture of the author dicky2011
    Checking your position at SERPs for certain keywords is also an addiction. I am still looking for some kind of browser pluggin for that kind of repetitive task, not satisfied with the one I'm using.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    The biggest time waster in internet marketing is searching unhelpful ideas, tips, etc. Internet Marketing nowadays is very in demand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Fielding
    LOL... lot of funny comments.. but so true.. you can find excuses all day to waste time.. I talk to some of my students and they say.. well back to reading emails.. (haha) I'm like, STAY out of your gmail accounts and start applying some products and making your own dough...

    I also tell them to "Stop Buying Everything You See" and start applying some of it until you have money to spare from your sales...

    Then I say I Mostly buy with "Intent to Sell" If I see something I can turn into my own product, and I know I'll at least make my investment back.. (then I may think about if I have room for it)

    as the old saying goes "You can make money or excuses, but your can't make both"

    Think of all the time you waste in a day.. and see how to cut them out and start to be more productive in your schedule....

    Now..... If I could just follow my own advice! LOLOL..

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  • Profile picture of the author eguynth
    Refresh button its not an addiction, I have it in my blood!
    *clicks on refresh button* see????
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  • Profile picture of the author nikson
    Biggest waste of time is that you have 5 'million dollar' ideas in your head and non of those are online!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    When you are just starting out, you get an incredible rush every time you check that affiliate account and see a sale.

    Guess what... long after you become a seasoned pro, you still get that rush.

    The problem is that the rush you get from seeing those numbers change when you hit the refresh button becomes addicting... and unless you are addicted broccoli, addictions are bad.

    This particular addiction takes up an incredible amount of your day. So, the next time you blast your list or put up a new squeeze page, resist the temptation to check your stats every three minutes. That time would be better spent working on your next big idea.

    Limit yourself to checking how much money you made once every few hours. Do this and you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off.

    I have a note on my desk that says. "Make stats don't check stats"
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

      I have a note on my desk that says. "Make stats don't check stats"
      Brad,

      LOL... I understand you.

      Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    As stated above checking email and PayPal or Clickbank sales can be a BIG time waster.
    I check my Emails only 3-4 times a day and my support emails in every 2 hours.
    Also I use The Action Machine for more productivity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee Belch
    Lol this thread made me laugh, it's so true and i agree with the OP.

    I would refresh my adsense account every five minutes to see if i had any more clicks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Hi everyone,

      I had some ambivalence during reading this thread. The OP and other posters list (seriously or humorously) different things as waste of time in IM. And, I can agree with them, because all of those comments are based on reality (on some way).

      I just would like to add that not every activity is waste of time what you think it is at first. Often turn out later, we spent our time usefully or not.

      For example, to read an article, to see a video, to speak with your mentor may be very useful - if you brought out of it something, which brings you forward. But... chances are, that after finishing these activity you may have a sigh... this was a waste of time.

      However, "...you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off..." if you arrange your schedule. I know, this is not always easy when you're a beginner and didn't use a schedule before.

      When I started my business in 1990, I was guilty in idle away my time. Since then I do some improve on my schedule regularly. I recommend that to you. The results will come.

      All the best,

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  • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
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    Biggest time-waster is unfortunately the Internet itself.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by Success With Dany View Post

      Biggest time-waster is unfortunately the Internet itself.
      What he said ^^^
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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    You are so right! Wake up, check clickbank sales, amazon sales, tradedoubler sales, email 1, email 3, facebook groups likes, comments on your warrior post, linkedin followers (I know I get an email), google analytics, adsense, rss feed, clickbank sales, amazon sales, tradedoubler sales, email 1, email 3, facebook groups likes, comments on your warrior post, linkedin followers (I know I get an email), google analytics, adsense, rss feed, clickbank sales, amazon sales, tradedoubler sales, email 1, email 3, facebook groups likes, comments on your warrior post, blog comments, linkedin followers (I know I get an email), google analytics, adsense, rss feed, go to bed.
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    "A watched pot never boils"...at least that's what my grandmother used to say....and it's true!

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  • Profile picture of the author rainso0
    for me, The waste of time is the Internet ,and also, i'm lazy too
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    • Profile picture of the author wklee
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      Originally Posted by rainso0 View Post

      for me, The waste of time is the Internet ,and also, i'm lazy too
      Actually internet is not a waste of time if you are looking for information and learning something new. If it is a waste of time on the internet, probably there would not be billions of people online everyday and some doing IM.
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      • Profile picture of the author efwebm
        Everyone has their own time waster and vice that draws their focus away from the tasks they should be working on.

        I know I'm wasting time right now just scanning this forum...
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  • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
    Thinking that simply because you have a website or blog with all the "bells and whistles," your business will begin growing. It still takes old fashioned sales techniques to build a business.

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  • Profile picture of the author axus_auto
    the biggest time waster is being here

    but it depends on how you look at it
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  • Profile picture of the author 4Frankie
    Yes I know what you mean and also checking your PPC sometimes 3 times a day. I find I have to really discipline myself and keep to a schedule. Easier said than done
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Yessirree, you've got it buddy.

    Sometimes when I launch a campaign I'm just desperate to see if it succeeds right away.

    It can also be detrimental for me if I get down on myself if the stats are not what I was hoping for with all the preparation I did.

    I've learned to take it easy, a bit, and just analyze after more time has gone by.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    My 9-5 job or else "looking" for good news and content to write about, when really I am just screen sucking.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Sorry, BUT YOU"RE ALL WRONG.

      The biggest time waster is when my 6 year and 9 year old daughters bring the baby bunny and Guinea Pig to cuddle and "lovings".

      Takes me away from my work for quite a while.

      BUT I FEEL GREAT ON SO MANY LEVELS!

      Have to fight the bunny for the raw carrots though, and she's pretty tough!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana Joseph
    My biggest time wasters are checking google analytics, adsense earnings, and emails.
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    • Profile picture of the author wklee
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      Update again from another post here.

      Most of the things we need to do or check but there is no need to do like 4 times in a day.

      Time wasted on checking:
      1. All keywords rankings 4-5 times a day
      2. Pretty link status too often whether visitors are clicking on my affiliate links
      3. Awstats for number of visitors and keywords they use
      4. Wordpress admin for pingbacks sites and whether that is the correct anchor texts
      5. Reset pretty link count status and wordpress pingbacks few times a day
      6. Looking at WSO and Warrior For Hire threads

      Probably I have wasted 4 hours or so for all that.

      This thread has made me to reconsider it is time now I should do some time management on my daily activities and focus on more important work that I need to complete.
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    • Profile picture of the author vanalli
      Too true. I have wasted so much time checking sales stats it's unreal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Qamar
      For me checking my gmail has been the biggest time waster of all....but I couldn't help it sh^%!..
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Mine is continuing to look for answers on how to do something when I've already found plenty of suggestions. I need to test what's there, and not think that the next suggestion will be "the one".
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Lim
      I think I am not focus enough. I can work up to 8 hours per day for internet marketing. But sometimes I feel is not productive enough to do things. Example something I can finish within 1 hours, probable I end up 2 hours, probable I need to set a deadline for daily action, so it will more productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    my biggest time waster in IM: emails. especially for customer service, better to outsource it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cloudzz
    Im pretty sure everyone whose is into interent marketing and affiliate marketing has suffered from this, i guess its only natural Good motivation though if the sales and leads are coming in!
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  • Profile picture of the author Surferjock87
    Such true words indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    I agree, logging in to check your affiliate earnings if you calculate it takes an awful amount of time, ofcourse channeling that time to something useful isn't so straight forward when you want to find out how much you've made
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  • Profile picture of the author Amrutg
    It is really a great tip worth implementation. We need to follow it absolutely without becoming victim of any kind of addiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    Definitely forums and new methods :/
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  • Profile picture of the author panduari
    the biggest my time waster in IM was not taking action.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    My biggest time waster has been indecision. Trying to plan everything to perfection instead of picking one thing and giving it a try. IM is filled with such a vast array of options is sometimes hard to choose which one to take action on first.
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  • Profile picture of the author blueberries
    Surfing and finding a new way of doing something and then trying to figure it. Checking your email a gazillion times and not sticking to one project until profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    When you are just starting out, you get an incredible rush every time you check that affiliate account and see a sale.

    Guess what... long after you become a seasoned pro, you still get that rush.

    The problem is that the rush you get from seeing those numbers change when you hit the refresh button becomes addicting... and unless you are addicted broccoli, addictions are bad.

    This particular addiction takes up an incredible amount of your day. So, the next time you blast your list or put up a new squeeze page, resist the temptation to check your stats every three minutes. That time would be better spent working on your next big idea.

    Limit yourself to checking how much money you made once every few hours. Do this and you will have enough free time left over to start that needlepoint hobby you've been putting off.
    I couldn't agree more. If your payments come via Paypal, you could also be seduced into checking your email far more often than you need for notifications of payment.

    I remember when I first started marketing CPA offers a few years ago - the affiliate interface pretty much updates in real time, and especially when you're marketing zip and email submits, you could refresh your statistics literally every few seconds and see additional income rolling in. At one point in time, I think I had turned into a professional stats checker/refresher. I don't do that anymore, but that was a rough phase to get over. I practice delayed gratification now, and it's a wonderful feeling to wait (and work) in anticipation of seeing how much you've earned - at the end of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author onebuck01
    The biggest time waster, for me anyway, is not following my set schedule-getting side tracked by things like checking emails, jumping to something else that just crosses my mind. BUT, the number one, of all time wasters, has to be reading Any of those "can't miss", Must have", "Only Ten Left at This Price" offers. I just find myself opening these things without thinking, out of habit, I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author charliedg
    I think Facebook is one of the biggest time killers...a lot of people waste so much of their day just looking at other people's status updates!
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  • Profile picture of the author BenFromSoMo
    My name is Ben and I am a stat checking addict. Thanks for the support group.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Brauer
    Definitely:

    1.) Email
    2.) Facebook
    3.) Skype
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    not taking action and lurking is the biggest time waster
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  • Profile picture of the author shahriyar
    For me, it's checking my 2 main email accounts, every [I don't know] minutes...
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  • Profile picture of the author wiseme11
    I think is when you drive no traffic to your site and did not make effort or taking action to increase traffic to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author mbasa
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    When you are just starting out, you get an incredible rush every time you check that affiliate account and see a sale.
    If you are new to affiliate marketing this addiction can actually demoralise you as well and you give up eventually. I've fallen for this behaviour several times and I have quit internet marketing that many times as well. The trick is really to check your sales at set times (once a week maybe?)
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  • Profile picture of the author mbasa
    You need to pause the research part of this business at some point and start implementing. The browsing can be a waster of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author uebomoyi
    At times I've had addiction problems with refreshing the page for my click tracker just so I could see if more uniques were visiting my site. There are so many ways to waste your time with internet marketing that it's just ridiculous. But the worst is not taking any action as well as watching countless videos and buying "the next big thing" and waiting for it to make you rich when you've only put in half the effort required to succeed.
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    Got cha! Big thanks to you E. Brian Rose!
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  • Profile picture of the author DrJale
    Checking your network accounts to see whether or not you have earned something and I would also like to add Facebook.
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    The biggest wasters for me is to read and not put what you read in action.
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    • Profile picture of the author bigbabol
      The bigggest time waster in IM is "don't understand what they are doing"
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  • Profile picture of the author cryst
    yes i agree with this post and .... it really happened with me also..... nothing to say about it..it is addicted...
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  • Profile picture of the author techservice
    Answering posts on here....Im time waiting now.
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    remain free from having a paralysis from analysis
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Looking at those naughty sites when you buggers should be sending traffic, buying ads, answering emails,
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorsam
    how i hope i have your time waster problem
    lol
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    LOL!!! I am new to IM, I wish i can click refresh and see $$$ money pouring in : ) Love to have this addiction one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    I would say getting distracted by Facebook messages. Hard to resist that temptation to check that new message from the hot blonde you're trying to get at eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author rekerlolz
    This is some true stuff right here. I used to refresh my clickbank stats page almost every hour....then I realized I needed to stop basking in the results and work harder for better results.
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