What is Your Definition of a "Newbie"?

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Just wondering when you think a person has graduated from the "newbie" label? There's so many layers of newbydom..... when is a person not a newbie anymore? Once they launch their business, after their first sale?

Or better yet, when did YOU shed the newbie label from YOURSELF?
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  • Profile picture of the author tgdrew
    I think when a newbie starts becoming successful at what they do they shed their newbie label. Those with more success and experience will still view the newbie as such, but when the newbie has made their mistakes and progressed forward they are no longer a newbie in my book.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I tend to look at it more as an indication as to the amount of time someone has been in the industry. There can be people in this industry who are making a ton of money but do not know the first thing about setting up an auto-responder or a webpage. I wouldn't consider them newbies. There are also those who are fantastic at the technical side of things but are still yet to earn their first dollar. I also wouldn't call them newbies.

    Someone who quit his job last week and decided he wants to make money online... that to me is a newbie.
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Someone who quit his job last week and decided he wants to make money online... that to me is a newbie.
      I have another name for that, other than 'newbie', but I'm trying to be nice on the forum with my opinions. It gets hard sometimes.

      Personally, I consider anyone a newbie that is still learning and studying. If you're making a little money I would consider it your hobby. If you're making enough for a part-time income then that's what it is a part-time job.

      And lastly, if you're making enough to support yourself then you've made it to the big time.
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      • Profile picture of the author tgdrew
        Originally Posted by CyberSorcerer View Post

        Personally, I consider anyone a newbie that is still learning and studying.
        Aren't we all always learning and studying in one form or another?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Lim
      Hm.. A person is not newbie anymore when he understand the im concept and have take consistence action over 1 month!
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  • Profile picture of the author mahal788
    My definition of a newbie is someone in Internet Marketing who has not made more revenue than expenses.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    I don't think that there is a point when someone goes from a newbie to a successful marketer.

    There are guys with lot's of knowledge and good experience struggling to make their first dollar, while some people make some bucks with their first or second attempt. It depends on many factors and, IMO, it's hard to say when a person is no longer a newbie and becomes a "real" internet marketer.


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  • Profile picture of the author RobertoMejia
    Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

    Just wondering when you think a person has graduated from the "newbie" label? There's so many layers of newbydom..... when is a person not a newbie anymore? Once they launch their business, after their first sale?

    Or better yet, when did YOU shed the newbie label from YOURSELF?
    Well, I am definitely an newbie here. I can't even PM people here yet.

    However, I will tell you when I shed the newbie label from myself in a previous life. I stopped considering myself a newbie when people started coming to me for answers. I have always been successful, but one day I realized that several people had called me to ask me what I was doing to be successful.

    That's when I realized that I was a "senior" manager. (I used to be a sales manager until everyone got laid off)
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelosa
    It is the years of experience and the range of experience. I myself have been trying to learn more about SEO for more than a year now but I know that I still have plenty of things to learn. I therefore conclude that I'm a newbie
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    • Profile picture of the author bigbabol
      I think is very relative. An expert or a beginner in the IM is difficult to measure. Whether from earnings?, from strategy? or something else?. However, at least someone already versed in the IM (not just know what IM), then I think someone already graduated from a beginner). Nothing can correct it?
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  • Profile picture of the author indolesman
    I have learnt how to make money over technical knowledge, making money is more difficult, anyone can learn how to do coding, graphics etc.

    I wouldn't consider myself a newbie, but my technical knowledge is limited.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    I would say you become a newbie once you understand how to position yourself as an expert. I've had friends who have made multiple sales in their first few months coming online and they were still considered newbies until they really started mastering a specific marketing technique and showing the marketplace proof that they are good at what they do and that it works for them.

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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
    Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

    Or better yet, when did YOU shed the newbie label from YOURSELF?
    I think every one will have their own definition. But for me this was always to be a full time endeavor, so until I was earning a full time earning from it (a few years back) I wasn't ready to remove the label.

    Others will feel fine removing it after their first sale, or first significant $1000 a month income or whatever... and many others have no intention of doing this full time so my logic certainly doesn't apply... <grin>
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    • Profile picture of the author NickFarina
      I think Troy above me was right when he said everyone has a different definition.

      I have only recently started making money, but have been having a go at internet marketing for a few years, I which time I picked up a lot of skills, like setting up websites, squeeze pages, autoresponders etc. Even before I did start to make a bit of money, I didnt consider myself a newbie as such.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Thank you all for the insightful replies, varied as they are. I guess we will all be "newbies" at something..... as there is always something new to learn!
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

    Just wondering when you think a person has graduated from the "newbie" label? There's so many layers of newbydom..... when is a person not a newbie anymore? Once they launch their business, after their first sale?

    Or better yet, when did YOU shed the newbie label from YOURSELF?
    Took a long time until i understood all the relationships.

    When i started out, i thought i simply make "some website", slap some clickbank banners on there and some weeks later i am rich.

    (At least that's how i interpreted that rich-jerk ebook when i read it years ago)

    It took long to finally learn principles of seo, traffic generation, product creation, making sales..but forums are a good way to learn it (so are your own mistakes in the past).
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  • Profile picture of the author Reed Floren
    First off we're all newbies at something.

    For example you might know a strategy I've never heard of and that would make me a newbie at it and vice-versa.

    For me when someone can quit calling themselves a newbie is when they take the attitude of I'm not a newbie anymore because I've made my first $1 online (which would beat out the majority of their peers in the real world thus making them not a newbie)

    They just need to keep plugging away at it and doing more of what works for them and try new methods (i.e. become newbies again) out till they reach their desired income level.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Definition: A newbie is a beginner who has no idea about anything yet. The internet is a very complex system – like the computer itself, which becomes simple only once you learn very well how it works.

    Without knowledge a newbie is only going to waste time and money online.

    Moral lesson: A newbie must be a very good student in order to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaynjordan
    I do not think there is ever really someone who knows everything about everything. I believe that someone with no knowledge or very little knowledge (like me currently) is a newbie. Once you start learning things here and there you become more experienced. I personally think I will always be a newbie because I do not ever want to stop learning about things and bettering myself.

    It is just all in your thinking, I think
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  • Profile picture of the author Scouser
    Someone who is learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    A person has graduated from being a newbie when he or she has demonstrated a complete understanding of the basic concepts of Internet Marketing and has been able to show some quantifiable success online.
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  • Profile picture of the author zmeditation1
    ewbie or noob is a slang term for a novice or newcomer, or somebody inexperienced in any profession or activity. Contemporary use can particularly refer to ...
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

    when is a person not a newbie anymore?
    You're always a newbie at something.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    I guess its when they start knowing more, doing more and making some.

    I noticed that theres a lot of people who KNOW a lot yet, they still don't make much or anything at all.

    And I've also seen some that dont know much yet they worked hard as hell with what they know and make a lot.

    I guess we all have to be newbies at something.
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