Ok, here we go...
Tip Number Uno
Get started even if you are not ready. Too many newbies wait and wait and wait to sell something online feeling they have to be some expert before they are worthy of selling stuff. Not true. sell now and sell always. always be selling. sell, sell, sell!
Your niche does not need to be the best niche in the world and dont take too long to pick one and get rolling. If the IM market is your passion and you're dead set on selling IM stuff to other IMers, then fine, but dont wait. start selling now.
you dont need to be an expert or guru either to start now. You can leverage other people's expertise. Interview others, gain valuable insights/knowledge/techniques and sell it. Or give it away free to build a list. Over deliver too. As long as you provide much more value than what the price tag is asking for, you're fine. And, just make sure when you pick a niche market that it's one where people are buying stuff. Sell what people are already buying. in other words, dont sell crap people are not already buying.
But, dont wait. get going now. Most out there wait and never pull the trigger. the faster you start selling something --- anything --- the faster you'll get to where you want to be.
Also, i've come across PLENTY of marketers who have been at this game for many years and still dont make squat. so, it's not the knowledge.... not the insights... not the secrets... not the techniques... not the tricks... NONE of that is what truly makes you the real money... it's selling stuff -- that makes you money.
and, most dont make money because they have no site.... and they are not selling jack sH&* right now. They have nothing for sale. They are not constantly driving traffic or working on conversions. They never get any good at traffic or conversions because they never have anything for sale. Sell, sell, sell!
...even if you are not ready.
Focus on traffic and conversions. Most spend all their time and effort focusing on everything else except what truly matters most --- traffic and conversions.
Trade time for money if you can. Most never do and forbid to because they see it as work. And, most are in this to escape work. They want automated riches and passive income over night. And although passive income that produces riches is very possible, most never reach it because they give up too soon.
In other words, what most out there do, is focus on "get rich quick" passive income. But, after 3 weeks of crappy results, they move on to something new. And, they never get very good at anything. So, the passive income takes forever to achieve --- even many-many years.
But, those who trade time for money, while building passive income, or "how to drive traffic" and "how to convert" traffic always make a good living while building wealth. Of course, you dont have to trade time for money and most out there will frown on it, call it stupid and continue working month after month without any income. (remember, I'm talking about newbies here)
Mindset. Most out there ignore mindset and really just dont want to "hear it". They say, "dont give me mindset stuff, give me the meat and potatoes... the real secrets!"
Well, guess what. It's 90% mindset... not techniques or secrets. The secret is........ It's YOU! Yes, it's you. Your self belief... your self confidence... your ability to focus on one thing and not get constantly distracted... your determination... your dedication and commitment... your burning/obsessed desire... your positive thinking... your ability to take bold action... your aggressiveness
So, dont ignore you.
Relationships. Most millionaires did not do it alone. They built relationships with others. Almost all businesses are really just "people businesses". Business minded people understand that they need others. they need people. without people, it's hard. It's limited and it's slow. real slow. too slow for most to make it through the long haul of going solo.
Spend some of your time building relationships. It'll change everything, including your bank account.
Think big and have HUGE, BIG goals. Most want to grow just a tiny bit, then a tiny bit more, then a tiny bit more than that and so on. So, maybe they want to go from 100 to 200 to 500 and so on.
No sir. Go from 200 to 6k per month, then 20k, then 80k. Get big fast. That's how it really works. I know nobody who grew slowly like that. they usually go from zero to a good income, hang around that income for a while and then make a big change and quadruple it practically overnight.
Go big and go now, dont wait.
Alright, there's my contribution to the newbie cause. Now, someone go make us proud... fast!
PS - feel free to add in your newbie tips as well