What are you going to do differently in 2009?

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Hi Warriors,

It's now 2009 - are you clear about what you need to do this year to take your business to the next level?

When I started IM 10 years ago I remember thinking that it would be a matter of months before I was making enough to quit my day job.

Well, even though it was easier to make money online in some respects back then - it took me almost 3 years before I realised how to make money in any decent way and not just dribbles of $20 here an there in bursts.

Time goes really quickly and while I learned a lot about IM in those first 3 years, I never really did have a proper plan or any real reason for expecting to make good money other than that I considered myself fairly intelligent and willing to work hard.

It turns out that intelligence and hard work aren't pre-requisits to making money, so the lack of a clear plan was enough to keep me spinning my wheels.

When I speak to most people starting out they're in the same mindset I was at the time and the thought of making money is what's driving their actions, but when you look at the activities they're doing - they really have no rational basis for the expectations they have about what they're looking to make.

Article marketing is a classic example - it's very much a throw them up and see what sticks activity on its own, but when used 'on' a business it can really make a difference.

With many niches you can simply reverse engineer what's already working and make a plan, so it doesn't have to be complicated - but having some form of plan is almost essential (luck will always get some people there whatever they do to reduce their chances).


So, while you're thinking about how great 2009 will be - take a look at what you did in 2008 and ask yourself - Was I walking the talk? Did I actually DO the things required to get me to my goals or did I do a lot more thinking than doing.


Here's a few things that have helped me:

1 - Having a clear outcome in mind.

That sounds simple but I actually used to spend a lot of time on things I never planned to do (especially when visiting the WSO section ) So just being clear what you're trying to achieve and only doing things which support that can be huge.

2 - Making sure that each new project in some way is supported by those you've done before.

It's MUCH easier to get new projects off the ground when they build on things you've done before. This means things like not diversifying away from what's working so far that you're starting from scratch with every new web site. If you can point traffic, readers, customers from existing sites to the new one, you can make money right away every time you launch.

3 - Leverage

This is what's going to take most people to the next level of income.

Working with other people, outsourcing, using existing material where appropriate - these things can ramp up your effectiveness way more than any extra hard work you could do yourself.

4 - Hard Work.

Ok, it's not actually 'required' necessarily, but hey when you look at how you spend your time, if more of it is watching tv than working on your business - you're in the wrong business or you're not actually in business.

I'm pretty lazy but when I get my business running the way I like it, working doesn't feel like work so it works well on all levels.

Take a look at the place where you do your work - does it make you feel productive and motivated? (maybe some new year decorating is in order) You may even want to create a home-office if you don't have one, and for some people renting office space can change their mindset and remove them from distractions enough to make it very worthwhile.

5 - Get out of the house.

Whether you're going for a walk to get some fresh air and endorphins or going to a seminar to meet other like-minded people and get motivated, far too many people sit at home doing IM and end up thinking that it's the be-all and end-all.

It's just an activity - it's not YOU.

It's just an avenue of activity - it's not everything. Offline marketing should play a part in your business.

Build a business that you love telling people about and that they'll want to support you in. Don't make your business all about Adsense or generic stuff you're not really bothered about - or if you do, put it into a larger context (supporting a charity, helping elderly family members etc...) so that your business means something more than how much money you make.


Whatever you do - DO IT!!!

Have a great 2009

Your friend.

Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    Thanks a lot for the tips.

    For me in 2009 it's Just going to be one thing- "DO NOT BE SCARED TO MAKE MISTAKES"...The very fear of making mistakes kept me from taking action.
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    • Profile picture of the author shakingspear
      Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

      Thanks a lot for the tips.

      For me in 2009 it's Just going to be one thing- "DO NOT BE SCARED TO MAKE MISTAKES"...The very fear of making mistakes kept me from taking action.
      Yes yes yes. This is exactly what I need to get over. The fear of making mistakes. I feel sometimes that I'm learning less and less as I read more and more. Taking action (or, perhaps, more action) is what I think will help me learn now.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    Hi Andy,

    What am I doing differently in 2009? I am complimenting my core skills with new techniques that make them even more productive, this year is the year that I keep testing and tracking more and more. I have been in this game long enough to know what methods work best for me and what methods don't, testing and tracking is what 2009 is all about.

    What many marketers do is that they learn all the latest techniques and then just start implementing, but many also do not test and track their results and this is a big mistake and you cannot take your marketing/business to the next level unless you can measure your stats and see numbers that are in your favor.

    Cheers,
    Magic
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Andy great post. For us, we are going to use a lot of the material we wrote last year, and create brand new products with them. An ebook now will take less than a day to create because we already have the foundation.

    A lot of things we had talked about, we will be doing this year.

    For us things are different from last year. The business plan and model has changed, and that is going to be good news.
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  • Hey Andy,

    Ah...an amazing read. In fact, this post has set of a string of thoughts on how to make my new year different from the previous ones and how I could improve my business.

    I am expanding the reach of my business this year. Reaching out in ways I never tried before; pulling myself off the comfort zone do something pro-active; try new things; launch my new product; meet, interact and befriend more people.....

    The list is bound to continue...ahem!
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonKing
    Focus on dollar-productive activities.
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    • Profile picture of the author Heather Bestel
      Hi Andy
      Thanks for this.
      Very similar to Bev's answer, we are building on the foundations we laid in 2008. For us, it's all about the planning and putting in the necessary and consistent work.

      It's so easy when starting out, to jump on the next 'big thing' that will make you quick money. But the real profit comes in the long term and is worth the wait. Even though we are new to IM, we know about business and planning.

      2009 is going to be challenging, hard work and exciting. We are ready - bring it on!

      Best wishes and a very Happy New Year to you Andy.
      Take care
      Heather
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  • Profile picture of the author ariefsyu
    How to produce more dollars in my pockets?- that what I am going to concentrate all year.

    Basically I am trying to learn new Internet Marketing trends and techniques and will surly try them out in this year to get some dollars.


    Cheers - Arief-
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikhail Jon
    What I'm going to do differently? Instead of hopping from one money making method to another I will focus one, get into high gear, get a grip on what internet marketing is all about and really start to make money online.

    All i did this year was to try to get as much knowledge, i think its about time for me to put the theory into practice
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  • Profile picture of the author Katherine Wheel
    Thanks for a great post!

    This year, I must focus, focus, focus - and stay on my path!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrsteady
    My resolution for 2009 is to choose one method and actually stick with it for at least a month, Im tired of being lazy and not making any money!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Andy, from the 2 posts of yours I've read today, sounds like you've been
      doing some heavy thinking of late. The results look excellent. I know you
      were having some questions about what direction you wanted to go in.

      I personally have a much better plan in place than I did in 2008 and have
      even cut my expenses in the process, getting rid of things that just weren't productive. Plus, I'm working with others now as well instead of doing
      everything myself.

      2009 is going to be a long overdue great year for me, thanks to much of
      the great advice that I have received from people like you.

      Thanks doesn't even begin to cover it.
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      • Profile picture of the author gtoby2001
        Very simple what I'm going to do in 2009...Take Action!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    2009, what will I do differently?

    Well for one I am going to ensure I maximize my efforts in EVERY way. If I write a bunch of articles, they will hit my blog, directories, be recreated into a report, maybe a video etc. I may even go to the point of using the same articles on multiple sites when I find niches that are doing really well.

    I am going to jump in head first and begin creating membership sites, I have a goal of my first million by the time I turn 30 and the assive recurring income from these sites plays a big role in the plan.

    I will reach full success this year because I have decided I will and have the plan in place to do it, not to mention the motivation.

    Sylvia
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    I am going to combat information overload.
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  • Profile picture of the author Francis Ochoco
    I think finding a balance between work and life is important too.

    I'm going to stop (or at least reduce) the amount of deadlines I give myself because that often results in me sacrificing other aspects of my life.

    I have a baby coming this year so my priorities are definitely going to change.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizbooster
    For me,
    this is the year to win against Procrastination.
    it is the year to unleash my motivation as I began at the end of 2008

    Happy new year everybody.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    Hi Andy,

    great to have you back and in full flow!

    As for 2009, I'm simply going to help more people and refocus all of my business interests to finance my charity so that this can become my main reason for taking up space on this planet rather than making the rich, richer.

    Thomas
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    • Profile picture of the author Jem Crowne
      Great post. I am going to brand myself. Also since giving is on my priority list, I am going to give more of myself to people and embrace relationships and life whether good or bad with a journal. Take the time to smell the roses, enjoy the smell, and know within myself no matter how much money I make I can never spend it all so I want to maintain a standard of living indirect proportion to my income.
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    work more ---> double, triple, quadruple profits, thats what i want
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Great post!

      I am going to outsource more.
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    I'm going to build more back links.
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    A lot more action and a whole lot less reading (at least proportionally). Maybe I'll actually make some money.
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  • Profile picture of the author RRicart
    Thanks for the contributions Andy...

    Here is my list :Online Success for 2009 | Internet Marketing Industry
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    • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
      I am going to TRY to spend less time on the Warrior Forum. :confused:

      It's like being in a candy store, and I'm starting to get a little too plump. I need to come here for a bit, fuel up, and then go work out.

      The 'larger plan' is to get organized, get focused, get serious, develop a plan, and get to work. A big first step for me is to continue to contribute and learn here, but to then apply what I've learned - rather than just coming here and becoming a couch potato.

      Time for me to get off the couch! I'm hoping that will be the antidote to my addiction.

      - Kat
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