What Were Your Biggest "stumbling blocks" before really making money online?

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Hi, fellow Warriors!

I've been doing some research on what separates failing internet marketers from the winning ones and I was curious to find out your opinion on this, too.

If you have already had some success online, can you please tell us what were your "stumbling blocks", the problems you had to overcome, the evils that you struggled with?

Please vote above in the poll and feel free to post your comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Business mind-set. I came into this thinking I could just make $5 a day and then scale up from there. Well $5 a day was pretty elusive. Why? Because I didn't take this seriously or treat it like a business.

    Now that I do I've blasted through two other daily monetary goals and will blow through another one once I can get my new adult sites ranked.

    Even though its just a side-income for me, its still a business, one that I plan to run on the side and eventually full time for many years to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Interesting poll.

    When i had first started it was lack of focus..

    Now i'm starting to move into procrastination :S

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Trying to do everything at once at the same time. This makes you lose your focus and spread your resources thin.
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  • Profile picture of the author petelta
    It definitely depends on the stage of the failing business entrepreneur. I struggled for years and found myself losing the battle from each of the things you listed at one point or another.

    In the beginning, I feel you lack the business mindset and money to invest (in most IM cases). This is mostly due to lack of experience and the typical starting position of an internet marketer.

    After failing for a while, I would say lack of belief in myself kicked in. It hurts to fail. Pushing past those failure made me kick into the next stage.

    This last battle would have to be all three, procrastination, lack of focus, and lack of self discipline. I feel all three of those are really the same thing. At the point these hurt my business results, I knew exactly what needed to be done (business mindset) and I knew that I could do it... since I had had small results in the past.

    Once I beat the procrastination, the income kept rising. I've battled all of these scenarios and feel every business owner does.

    Travis
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I wanted an option for - lack of business plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe R Piercey
      For me it was lack of focus. I'd move between ideas way too quickly without actually focussing on something long enough until I saw results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Lack of focus, as there were a number of things that I had to attend to other than my online business
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  • Profile picture of the author anindian
    lack of focus. I'd jump from one thing to another.
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  • Profile picture of the author wcmylife
    Juggling multiple projects, then giving up midway and starting a new one. Not being persistent and lack of focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    Definitely a lack of focus and a lack of business mindset for me.

    I definitely fell into the trap of trying a little bit of everything (although that experience is now very useful I'd have done a lot better a lot quicker if I'd focused first and branched out later).

    As for the lack of business mind-set I'd say it was more a poor definition of myself. My background is all software and management of software so naturally I focused on that. It took me ages to come to realise that I had become more than that. Even now I still think of myself very much in terms of what I can do technically. Even after organising a load of big scale product launches and running my own affiliate network (where I've written a total of 3 lines of code) I still find it hard to think of myself as a marketer/business own and not a software guy.

    The human brain is a weird thing at times
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  • For me was having a bad mindset and being to cheap to outsource, I had a mentor that fixed that for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMoptimizer
    Thanks everyone for the great input.

    I'm happy that "lack of capital" is not listed among the top stumbling blocks and this confirms my theory that focus, taking action and having the proper mindset are priorities.
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  • Profile picture of the author tekman
    Blogging pro, the adult market is WAY more saturated than main stream.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryBurke
    " You have to just focus on one thing and get good at that then move on to another."
    This was taught by Chris farrell in his membership site and I found this one piece of information made all the difference
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    Interesting poll! Definatly more than 1 answer for me LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author staciet
    I could have picked a couple, but my biggest was lack of focus. Lack of time is big, but when I did have time, I was checking out new methods.

    Once I decided to focus on one method and one wp theme, and delete all guru e-mails, only then did I start making some decent money. I also no longer promote clickbank products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan777
    Lack of focus here too! There are too many things in the IM world to distract us when first starting out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drew Paul
    INFORMATION OVERLOAD... causing Procrastination.

    When i first started out, i felt i needed to know everything
    about IM before i could make money.
    I studied every area, PPC, Media buying, SEO you name it. I bought loads of courses from the "Guru's" . Then i suddenly realised i was buying products because each purchase felt like progress.
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    • Profile picture of the author prosper948
      Originally Posted by drewdenie View Post

      INFORMATION OVERLOAD... causing Procrastination.

      When i first started out, i felt i needed to know everything
      about IM before i could make money.
      I studied every area, PPC, Media buying, SEO you name it. I bought loads of courses from the "Guru's" . Then i suddenly realised i was buying products because each purchase felt like progress.
      That pretty much hits the nail on the head for me. I AM just starting out- for real this time- and I mean that. I've "tried" before but couldn't grasp what anyone was talking about so I gave up. I didn't even have a clue where to start. Well, I started at clickbank but didn't have a clue about how to market the products- lack of money added to this problem because I believed that PPC on G & Y and then FB was the only way to make money. But "pay per click to where??"

      This time around I've been more focused on exactly what I want to focus my internet marketing attention on but all the "guru products" really causes information overload- on the surface anyway. They are excellent at making you believe that their product will be the key to unlock that piece of information you've been lacking to be able to get into the IM arena. I don't feel that I've wasted money on the ones that I have purchased because they all give me more information than I had before I got them- but they themselves are lacking "that one key piece of information". I have FINALLY realized that learning how to do this internet marketing thing means I'm going to have to study- and that means REAL information- not "guru information". So for the last 2 weeks I've written everything down that I read. I've spent 16 hours a day EVERY day (thankfully my kids are teens and are self sufficient- they even bring me dinner after they cook it- yes, I have great kids!) on my computer reading everything I can, watching videos, even to the point of pausing the screen capture videos to try to figure out what other software programs they are using based on what the tab says or what the icon is (I found Traffic Travis that way- love that program!)

      I still don't have a firm grip on this but at least this time around I know WHAT I need to do- now I just need to figure out HOW to do it.

      For starters- I need to figure out HOW to get into my Host Gator site....<sigh> Any tips for that?? :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author profit2day
    A combination of things, ignorance, having no idea where to start or which direction to go into, lack of a business plan, and thinking Clickbank was the holy grail - okay everyone stop laughing...

    Then I took a step back - Once I took the time to figure out what my goals were, it was time to play school - I did my homework and took action.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Surprisingly, my biggest stumbling block for a long time was not being hungry. I had a very good job until about 15 years ago, but was suddenly let go. I got very hungry and also had a young family, which combined to force me to get motivated and succeed relatively quickly. I discovered for myself that when you focus strongly on a desired outcome or goal, actionable ideas and opportunities will come. For example, a friend just "happened" to give me a book, Think and Growth Rich.
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      • Profile picture of the author RandySeet
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        Surprisingly, my biggest stumbling block for a long time was not being hungry. I had a very good job until about 15 years ago, but was suddenly let go. I got very hungry and also had a young family, which combined to force me to get motivated and succeed relatively quickly. I discovered for myself that when you focus strongly on a desired outcome or goal, actionable ideas and opportunities will come. For example, a friend just "happened" to give me a book, Think and Growth Rich.
        Mine is similar to your lack of hunger and cause procrastination.

        I was once having a stable rice bowl job. However due to some incidents that happened to me I change to become an action taker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goldenboy
    The difficult part before I started earning money was the lack of focus and admittedly, lack to take actions. It was because I have my daytime job that I only set time during night to work on my online. It was also because I am not yet familiar with the Internet Marketing and I really don't know where to start and what to start. I was like, where would I go after having decided what niche I would start to do. But then, it was a learning process for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author rossmore
    Mine was deciding what area to attack and focus on. I think you have to go with what interests you the most and stick with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author majali
    I took me long time discovering the options I have and where to go
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    • Profile picture of the author WPMaker
      The lack of focus is the worst thing from all.

      It's bad when instead of working on one project and method you are doing 1249052 other things at the same time. Also the results of your work will be low or none (money earned) if you don't focus on one thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author leegs
    Originally Posted by IMoptimizer View Post

    Hi, fellow Warriors!

    I've been doing some research on what separates failing internet marketers from the winning ones and I was curious to find out your opinion on this, too.

    If you have already had some success online, can you please tell us what were your "stumbling blocks", the problems you had to overcome, the evils that you struggled with?

    Please vote above in the poll and feel free to post your comments.
    Hi IMoptimizer,

    For me when I get started IM, it was a lack of focus. The real truth here is that I am trying to learn everything about IM and trying to do everything myself without knowing that some of the stuffs can be outsourced.

    I was totally burned out after just starting about 4 months. After that, I began to start to figure out that I am working too hard and earning way too little. From there onwards, I start to work out a strategy/plan that is more productive of what I am doing then.

    Luckily, I have found out early and fast, or else I believe I am still stuck somewhere and give up midway without any determination to carry on.

    I believe most of them are in this manner when they just get started online.

    Hope it helps...

    Raymond
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  • Profile picture of the author prosper948
    IMOptimizer-

    Thank you for the PM. Unfortunately I am unable to even reply to a PM (which I didn't realize until AFTER I had written a lengthy response and the autobot didn't even give me a chance to go back and copy the post so I could send it here- evil autobot!)

    Anyway, I'd like to take you up on that but there are a few things you should know about me and I have a few questions first. Also, I have a few things to share with you about your website. Please email me at: myprosperityprinciple {at} yahoo. PLEASE put "Warrior Forum" in the subject line so I don't delete you with the spam by accident.

    Ok- off to the next shiney distraction....
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    None of the above. I stumbled on the WF before I knew sh** from shinola about computers or being online. I had just gotten my first computer and had to learn EVERYTHING to be able to start up. Luckily a few things were just how to transfer a piece of knowledge from the real world to cyber space. I was so confused about what was going on for my first months online it's a wonder my head didn't explode. I was also lucky that I knew how to network a tad and found great partners with the techinical knowledge I lacked. If that hadn't been the case I'd be in a corner drooling right now because I still am a techno-idiot. Ah well - can't have everything. If we could, there'd be no such thing as a JV.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      for me it's paralysis by analysis!

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  • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
    I'm returning to IM after a few years out. Back then it was lack of belief in myself and procrastination, throw in a bit of laziness to the mix and that was me - stop/start/change/leave it kind of person.

    Now I am back and more determined and I fully believe in myself (life coaching/meditation/positive thinking etc.) has helped me overcome that issue. Procrastination is still hovering about but lack of money is now the top dog. I am trying to focus on Fiverr where I need no capital so fingers crossed.

    Great thread by the way, it's nice to see what issues other people have.
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  • Profile picture of the author marvelouz
    I read a lot of stuff online through forums and its just the act of doing it is the hardest especially when there is so much information its hard to process it all
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  • Profile picture of the author ephame
    Lack of capitol delayed me, otherwise I'm very focused once i get a hold of an idea or concept. If anything i want things yesterday once i get an idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author jkuhry
    Procrastination is a killer... you have to keep productive to see success!
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  • Profile picture of the author larkin
    Procrastination, not taking action and Lack of focus are main reasons.
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  • Profile picture of the author brookman12
    I found it difficult to focus on one startegy and as newbie got overloaded with all the lastest money making scams out there. I then decided to unsubscribe to all these types of lists and set up my own landing pages and concentrated on one marketing startegy at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DesignFan
    For me it started out as procrastination and paralysis by analysis with all the different wso's and sem strategies floating around. That killed about 2 months of my time. Now I am focusing on one seo strategy and sticking with it for at least the next 3 months. Then I'll look at the results and reevaluate.
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  • Profile picture of the author kashino
    My biggest hinderance was procrastination, I waited 2 years and bought a lot of junk online, I finally decided to focus on just one particular area and messed up a bit but I learnt a lot and kept improving .The thing is to take action and stick with it. There is no such thing as failure only results and with those results you can dramatically improve on your previous project.
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