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Yep! It's official. I have finally succumbed to "information overload." Mostly due to my insatiable thirst for knowledge, I have bitten off more than I can chew. Instead of honing my skills at one or two traffic generating techniques, I have acquired a little knowledge in a lot of areas.

Is this where everyone in this business ends up after a month online? Or, am I alone? I have gotten to a point that each trip to my computer is clouded by the following:

article marketing, forum marketing, guest blogging, tend my own blog, social bookmarking, search engine optimization, keyword research, social media, JV giveaways, change niche, stay with current niche, when am I gonna make money, build a list, adsense, wordpress vs. blogger, amazon, ebay, feed the dog, feed the kid, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC...........AAARRRGGGGHH!

Thank goodness for Brian Tracy's smooth voice whispering in ear........."I Like Myself," "I love My Job," "I Can Do It." LOL

If I could just pick two areas to focus! I would be just fantastic.
#aaarggghhh
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Article marketing and forum marketing. There I just did it for you!

    To be serious, just do like you said and pick two things (you can use what I picked above) implement for 30-60 days at least and see if that works for you. If not, pick two more things from your extensive list and move on.

    Information overload is a *****, but getting over it is as simple as dropping everything and saying "I'm going to do this, and only this for now".
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    • Profile picture of the author cashcow
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      To be serious, just do like you said and pick two things (you can use what I picked above) implement for 30-60 days at least and see if that works for you. If not, pick two more things from your extensive list and move on.
      Yes, this part is critical. Make a pact with yourself right now that you will focus on whatever you pick for at least 60 days. Even if it seems like you aren't getting anywhere and new things you want to try pop up.

      If you come across other things you want to try (and you will) just write them down in a notebook or something and come back to them after the 60 days is up. You have the whole rest of your life to learn all the other aspects of IM.

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  • Profile picture of the author Devon Brown
    I second what Joe said and also add this.. pick out 2 things that you ENJOY doing or you may think you'll enjoy doing. This way it'll seem like less work.

    Good luck with it! I know information overload is tough
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  • Profile picture of the author TolyZ
    Yeah, I was in the same boat as you ... too much information ----- started too many projects ----- 99% of them failed.
    After that I picked the one and focused on it ... now I'm actually making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zesh
    I can relate to this thread. Suffered from this myself a while back. I had so many ideas, was excited and used to stay up till 3 am, but then it dwelled on me to think sensible and focus on one thing at a time.

    Trust me, is so much information out there it can literally choke you!!
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  • Don't go for width, go for depth. You earn more that way. Start with one or two methods, master them, THEN expand. It's the best way.

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  • Profile picture of the author Yuki
    Great idea to focus on TWO areas! When I started out, I always had 3 and more... and many of them failed. I was thinking I should be smarter than most other people so I can handle more. Sure way to fail. I wished somebody yell at my ear to really focus on one or two things when I started out.

    Later somebody came to me and said you should focus on one thing, but I liked that you mentioned "two" instead of one. Emotionally, it's lot easier than having constantly worrying about "what if this doesn't work out".

    Good luck on your business!
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  • Profile picture of the author NoBSGuy
    You name it - stick to TWO options at a time. It`s better to set a goal and run it the whole way through than carrying the entire IM world on your shoulders and fall by the wayside due to information overload
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  • Profile picture of the author John Galt
    OP, I think most guys in our space went through the same thing at one point or another. If I can make a suggestion...

    Focus on a paid traffic source first. All of the "free" sources take too long to show results and you end up getting discouraged.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    just relax and work on 1 or 2 techniques a day. I also suffer from information overload, who doesnt?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zesh
    You might want to have a timetable from Mon-Friday and focus on different topics..

    Then...just take a breather on the weekend..Usually works well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    I can relate. One way to overcome it is to follow the 1:1 rule, which is to take an hour of action for every hour you spend reading and learning. In fact, oftentimes the real learning happens when you are actually doing it!
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    Information overload = chronic procrastination

    We've all been there - addicted to the fantasy of making money, on our own terms.

    Until the time comes to face reality.

    You will solve this problem the moment you decide to make some money.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    Information overload = chronic procrastination

    We've all been there - addicted to the fantasy of making money, on our own terms.

    Until the time comes to face reality.

    You will solve this problem the moment you decide to make some money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb D Miller
    Michael, it sounds like you might be a "scanner." I would look at Barbara Sher books from "Wishcraft" to "I could do anything if I only knew what it was." Read a little on google books or from the library to see if this is something that can help.

    I would suggest to stay true to what is meaningful to you in your life and continue to add meaning.

    I think many bored and desperate people get on here and immediately devote all their time to learning about internet marketing so that they can later do what they want.

    I think that is silly.

    Do a at least a little of what you want to do, right now. I'm talking about sports, hobbies, games, volunteering, music, whatever has personal meaning to you is calling out for you to do it. It's just stuff that you love to do

    Maybe for you it's rabbits. Or taking care of lizards. I don't know. lol.

    But I think that as you start to do more of what you want to do, that will either motivate you to just start making money online to help you do more of what you want to do, or it will show you that you don't really want to make money online and you'll be happier doing something else.

    Hopefully this is helpful. The point is that it's your life, do what you want. Do what is meaningful to you and don't wait. Putting it off sets a pattern of putting it off.

    So I don't think the problem is necessarily to "stick with one thing in internet marketing."

    Do what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author MDMcknight
    Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am as hard-headed and stubborn as they come (never quit). This often works in my favor. I will couple of steps back, rethink then go at it again.
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    • Profile picture of the author jaybee2003
      I try to chart everything out on whiteboards, which I now have all over the room. It's starting to look like "A Beautiful Mind" in here...
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      • Profile picture of the author robsm69
        Hi mate, yes I my self always struggle to let things go and focus on one thing at a time. But you must its crucial, depending on how much time you have on your hands only concentrate on 1 thing at a time untill completed.
        Uncompleted work cant make you anything and unless 100% of your efforts are used on each project and you fail at it you will always wonder could have I done better is that why i failed or was it the project.
        At least by giving each one your best and it still fails then you can confidently move on to your next project without any questions remaining? Did I or didn't I?

        Cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by jaybee2003 View Post

        I try to chart everything out on whiteboards, which I now have all over the room. It's starting to look like "A Beautiful Mind" in here...
        LOL! Project management software can be your friend, such as Microsoft Project.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bret Ferguson
    First thing, create your own product. Find something you are passionate about, something that has a market. Create the product, create the site and get it out there.

    Then take your knowledge on traffic, SEO, article marketing to generate traffic to your site.

    My very first product I created pretty quickly. (because I was consumed with it and no it wasn't marketing to internet marketers!) I gave the product away for one month and then I put a price on it and the very first day I did, I had my first sale, $24.99! That was about 2 years ago? Since then I have tweaked the site, the eBook but not the price and it continues to sell.

    Moral of the story: create your own product now. Start building your list for your business. You probably have more than enough tools and know how you just need to put it to use.

    FOCUS!

    Good luck my internet friend!
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