What hurdles did you go through when getting into IM?

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Back in 2008, I was introduced to internet marketing. I had very little knowledge of how the internet worked. This, coupled with the need for fast cash (I had just lost my job), got me in to some serious trouble.

Some of the obstacles I had or came across were scams(amazing how they keep increasing in numbers), payment processing(Paypal was not functional in my country and clickbank does not list my country :confused: ), information overload, as well as lack of capital.

Through all this, I "discovered" ways that could make me money and pay me through a method that was getting the money to me in my country(e.g. paydotcom).

I also learnt of payment gateways, like SWREG, Alertpay, among others that I could intergrate with my websites to receive payments for my products/services.

I also learnt how to start with zero capital (literary) to some cool cash a month(but not millions!). All I needed is access to a computer with internet to make bank.

The most important lesson I learnt, though, is focus and determination. Seek and ye shall find!

What were some of your hurdles and how did you overcome them?
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  • Profile picture of the author rockyonfire
    I guess it was the start up cash for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Charles
    Biggest "hurdle" was information overload.

    I learned so much in such a short amount of time, I studied and studied.

    I "knew" how to build a site, autoresponder, etc etc.

    But I didn't know exactly where to start! I had so many ideas that i wanted to implement.

    The money came quickly when I focused on one task and my first product.

    It isn't enough to know about internet marketing, you NEED to take action! Action, Action, Action!
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    • Profile picture of the author chaujka
      Originally Posted by Jamie Charles View Post

      Biggest "hurdle" was information overload.

      I learned so much in such a short amount of time, I studied and studied.

      I "knew" how to build a site, autoresponder, etc etc.

      But I didn't know exactly where to start! I had so many ideas that i wanted to implement.

      The money came quickly when I focused on one task and my first product.

      It isn't enough to know about internet marketing, you NEED to take action! Action, Action, Action!
      ...reading from the same script That was me too!
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  • Profile picture of the author anthony2
    The biggest hurdle for me and i think for most people was getting
    consistent traffic to my website.

    Also when i first started online another hurdle was trying to stay
    focused. I brought product after product, jumped from program
    after program and wasn't getting anywhere.

    Those were the two biggest hurdles i had.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vulk
    Information overload for sure.
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    • Profile picture of the author angelast
      For me the biggest hurdle [challenge] has been inconsistent focus on one thing long enough to see it through.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Let's see...

        In 1996, there were no

        > web design programs or plug and play CMS systems
        > Autoresponders
        > pay-per-click opportunities
        > PDFs
        > videos
        > audios
        > payment processors
        > affiliate programs

        Notepad was the web design tool of choice.

        Domain names were $35 per year with a two year minimum.

        The web was just cranking up, and still non-commercial.

        Most people thought AOL and CompuServe were "the Internet."

        Search engines were unreliable, easily gamed, not trusted and often went out of business.

        Even if you could get a merchant account, people were afraid to use their credit cards online thanks to endless news stories about 'hackers' stealing your card.

        I've got news for you...

        The good old days are right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    The biggest hurdle for me was definitely what program or programs to chose from. There were and are so much that it makes your head spin.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkWrites
    Biggest hurdle for me was time management. Other commitments in life required time and I had to squeeze in IM where it would fit. Once it started clicking, time management reared its ugly head again when I had to start outsourcing certain tasks so I could work more efficiently and get a better return for my money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Start up capital was the biggest problem for me. When I started I was working at Burger King and living paycheck to paycheck. The little extra money I would have was wasted on scams or out dated ideas. It was definitely a rough start for me those first couple of years.
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  • Profile picture of the author SERPWizzard
    My biggest hurdle was and still is making a plan of action for a idea and doing it. I have plenty of ideas, I have to sort through the ones i think will be best then make a timeline or I just won't focus enough on the tasks at hand. I write 5 things down to do b4 I do anything else online now.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      Information overload which leads to analysis paralysis, and not taking action. It is too easy to get distracted by the new shiny object, and not focus on just one and see it through.
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  • Profile picture of the author Point Blank
    Definitely information overload.

    Then, figuring how to take action. It was constant hurdles one after the next but there is no feeling like getting your first sale on click bank then it clicks that you can really make money online = )
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  • Profile picture of the author Trump56
    The biggest hurdle was to weed through the BS and then stick to my plan. It has worked and is working very well. All with in four months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Trying too many so called 'methods'
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  • Profile picture of the author shireen
    Hi:

    Shireen here :-)

    My biggest hurdle was discipline.

    Once I got through that, I get consistent results :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    The hardest thing for most people new to this industry and me would be learning how to take action on spot and stick to plan. It easy to get cloud with bs because everyone is trying to sell something.
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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    With no doubt, Targeted traffic generation. At the beginning, I didn't have and idea that how much should I dedicate for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author QuietConfidence
    I started back in 2008 too. My biggest obstacle was information overload. It just left me now knowing where to start. I took a lot of notes and did what I felt comfortable with. The learning curve was also pretty steep. But, once I over came it, everything just "clicked".
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Defining a market before investing time in it. I would say the biggest leap i made was realizing that i had to fish in the lake, not the little pond. My next leap was in learning to test everything and do not make assumptions without backing it up with actual tests (adwords, analytics, website optimizer). Man was that a big one.
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  • Profile picture of the author richgrad
    Wow there were so many... I actually wrote a 1,600 word "essay" about my internet marketing journey

    The biggest hurdle is convincing my parents that I could actually make money from home in my boxers...

    They still have a hard time believing it... even now...

    I don't blame them... Our mindsets are totally different...

    The hardest part was when I wasn't yet making any money and my mom was nagging me every day to get a real job.

    That really sucked but it also fueled me to make it work and show her that it's possible!
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    • Profile picture of the author chaujka
      Originally Posted by richgrad View Post

      Wow there were so many... I actually wrote a 1,600 word "essay" about my internet marketing journey

      The biggest hurdle is convincing my parents that I could actually make money from home in my boxers...

      They still have a hard time believing it... even now...

      I don't blame them... Our mindsets are totally different...

      The hardest part was when I wasn't yet making any money and my mom was nagging me every day to get a real job.

      That really sucked but it also fueled me to make it work and show her that it's possible!
      Hey richgrad, I worked 4 straight years as a high school teacher just to please my parents too. I eventually resigned when my online income surpassed a year's salary in only 4 months. I dig this...
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Well i made my first dollar 2 months after starting in IM but quickly got bored of it even though i was making $2000+ per month.

    The problem was that i was in a niche that i didn't like "weightloss"

    Now i'm 100% in the IM niche and love it

    Cheers,

    ~Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    So far, i had never experience of being scammed online. The biggest obstacle i ever had was lack of monetary to start my business online. But later on, some miracle happened that pursued me to do IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author chaujka
      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      My biggest hurdles (and this goes back about 10/11 years) were payment processing and Internet Access.

      I moved from the US to Greece and the best Internet Access I could get was ISDN, which was billed by the minute. I used to spend upwards of $500 a month in fees just for that.

      Back then, PayPal didn't work with Greek banks, so I had to withdraw to a friend's Australian bank account (paying fees to convert USD to AUD) and then withdraw via ATM here (paying fees to convert AUD to Drachmas and then Euros later on).

      Eventually, Greece got DSL and PayPal started working with Greek banks, which made life a hell of a lot easier.
      This is exactly one of my main hurdles Big Mike. Even today, I cannot withdraw cash directly from Paypal from my country. But I have learnt a way of getting the cash to me from Paypal! Just look carefully and you will find a solution to all your problems. Best part, they are within reach.
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  • Profile picture of the author mariebnichols
    That is a good advice you got there chaujka.. I also have problems with managing my own website but is working on it right now to earn a lot of money in my own ways.
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    • Profile picture of the author chaujka
      Originally Posted by mariebnichols View Post

      That is a good advice you got there chaujka.. I also have problems with managing my own website but is working on it right now to earn a lot of money in my own ways.
      Thanks mariebnichols. When you "discover" that path that makes you $$$, hit it so hard it produces $$$$$$$$...and don't loose focus. Just keep replicating it over and over. At least that's what I do now.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    I had no problem making money online. But in IM, the biggest problem I have is finding a niche I care about enough to work with that isn't so saturated I'd never make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author ankushkohli
    Information overload, implementation, focus, time management, capital are the common problems!
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  • Profile picture of the author OzDesign
    My biggest hurdle was that I had to pretty figure everything out myself. I started in 2007. Garbage products, misleading advises, fake gurus, numerous coaching programs that left me in the dark and more......even I thought I was slowly getting successful last year I still had to endure a scam coach who i thought was a real deal.....so yeah it's a long journey but i'm glad I made it through the long dark tunnel and into sunshine!!

    Keep up your faith and don't give up
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary J Martin
      My main one was sticking with one concept. There are so many new bright shiny objects begging for attention.
      Which to choose and which to discard?
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    • Profile picture of the author jparo1000
      I think one of obstacles I encounter was to engage in a partnership, where I was really traumatized with the non payments for the job I have done.
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    • Profile picture of the author chaujka
      Originally Posted by Kimi View Post

      My biggest hurdle was that I had to pretty figure everything out myself. I started in 2007. Garbage products, misleading advises, fake gurus, numerous coaching programs that left me in the dark and more......even I thought I was slowly getting successful last year I still had to endure a scam coach who i thought was a real deal.....so yeah it's a long journey but i'm glad I made it through the long dark tunnel and into sunshine!!

      Keep up your faith and don't give up
      KIMI, I dig that. I always try to avoid self proclaimed "gurus". Sometimes though, you trip.
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  • Profile picture of the author TroyNotes
    First like all was information overload mixed with frustration...many courses were crap, even $2K ones from gurus. Clearly they were good at what they did, but trying to follow..let alone repliciate was difficult to impossible.

    Later after making money was not knowing how to scale and with the lag between advertising and people purchasing and then refunding, to what sources were working and to what degree or not.

    Trying to automate to much to early. Should have done things by hand early.

    Now my problems are bad partners and bad contractors, and sufficent capital for the scale of the projects. Which is something I've seen as your income grow typically so does the scale of the problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author rschuchy
    Information overload which resulted in no action. Everything looked doable but I would get halfway in and it just didn't quite fit for me. Finally really looked at what I wanted in a business, what my skills are and looked at models until I found what fits. Then it's find someone who has succeeded and replicate.
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  • Profile picture of the author webfighter
    What hurdles did you go through when getting into IM?
    As funny as it may sound, the biggest hurdle was to convince my parents to get me a decent internet connection. Though I do not consider myself "into IM" yet as my income is not consistent.
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  • Profile picture of the author 04Fire
    When I first learned about it I was working a LOT and I didn't have a lot of time to devote to it.

    I recently lost my job and I think it's probably the best thing that could have happened to me. My sister is mentoring me and I hope to make as much as I was before while getting to travel and finally buy a house.
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  • Profile picture of the author chewmike
    As for me, too much information on ebooks, got attracted by many mentors and tight budget.
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