Without these 5 things you're just wasting your time with Internet Marketing

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I don't regret anything I've made in my business during the last years and I'm very happy with the money I make now and the way I live my life.

However, I'd be lying if I told you that I wouldn't like to get back on time and teach myself a few things when I was just starting.

So here are the 5 things that I would teach myself. If I knew them when I was getting started I would have become a successful internet marketer much earlier than I did (I don't even like to think about what I would have made in the last year of high school with an extra $10K per month! ).

You will probably will find a lot of useful information by making some research on thsi forum, but here are my 2 cents:

* Choose between free and paid based on yourself, not advices - people are always talking about the differences between the free and paid traffic sources. However, this isn't a complicated choice for a beginner. Free traffic sources demand time, paid traffic sources demand money. Which one are you willing to invest, time or money?

* Don't create random campaigns - Pick a niche, then decide on what type of offers you will promote and then stick to it. In the beginning it's a lot easier to understand a specific market without spending a lot of money on testing if you don't change your niches and offers constantly.

* Follow something... not everything - It's easy to get distracted with so many products and courses out there, but don't let the brilliant sales copies that some marketers write take you out of your route. I do believe it's important for a beginner to have a plan to follow, so you can buy a product based on the traffic source and niche that you decide to use. However, don't buy many products covering different subjects or you may end up focusing on nothing.

* No, that's not easier than what you're doing - You will fail in the beginning. Not once, but several times. If you don't, then you're a freaking genius! After trying something multiple times and not getting the expected results you, as a human being, will feel frustrated. It's normal, but it cannot take you out of your path. When you get to this point you will think that other methods, traffic sources, systems, etc are easier than what you're trying to do. You will be wrong. Every method involves a learning curve and has its obstacles. The problem is that the sales pages usually don't cover this part. So stick to what you're doing, keep learning from your experiences and you will get there.

* You have a brain. Use it - You need to be able to think by yourself, have your own ideas and solve your own problems. A method is just an idea that someone else had and implemented successfully. However, each campaign is different, the obstacles are not always the same. Two different people using the same method may get very different results, so you need to be able to create solutions, not just look for them on a report.

I personally believe that in order to become a successful internet marketer everybody will have to learn these 5 things at same point.

The sad thing is that almost no one will learn them just by reading this post. They will understand what I'm saying and agree with me, but when they face a situation where they will have to implement one of these things 99% won't do what they know they should do. This is how we are.

So the purpose of this post is not to teach you the 5 things, but to show you that they exist and tell you to not give up, because you will succeed when you learn all of them.


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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

    * No, that's not easier than what you're doing - You will fail in the beginning. Not once, but several times. If you don't, then you're a freaking genius! After trying something multiple times and not getting the expected results you, as a human being, will feel frustrated. It's normal, but it cannot take you out of your path. When you get to this point you will think that other methods, traffic sources, systems, etc are easier than what you're trying to do. You will be wrong. Every method involves a learning curve and has its obstacles. The problem is that the sales pages usually don't cover this part. So stick to what you're doing, keep learning from your experiences and you will get there.
    I like this. When you're going through a learning curve, looking at zero income after hours and hours of hard work, it's easy to look at a 'new' method and think this new method must be easier to make money with than what you're doing.

    When you do go on to try the new method, you realise there's a learning curve there as well, and so on comes another new method and the cycle continues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rita Kusmayanti
    Thanks Williamrs for useful information above. As a newbie, i will learn all of theme at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Great advice.

    It takes an enormous amount of determination to pursue a method that has made you zero returns, the human condition is to ditch it and try something else, and then the cycle begins, lesser mortals fall by the wayside, stubborn buggers like me plod on regardless with a blinkered approach.

    Imo the biggest problem for newcomers is the uncertainty of not knowing if what they are doing is correct and if it will work, especially when the bills are piling up.

    It has been posted here many times, you have got to keep on going, never give up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Harper
    Good post.

    Push button anything is a myth. Everything takes work.
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    Everything requires work.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    Great thread Wiliamrs!

    '...Follow something... not everything ..." I like this one and I think its one of the biggest reason lots of us fail. We often get distracted by every new method, every new tool, ebook or what have you. Cut the distraction and focus on the task at hand.
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    I gotta get out of forums some times cuz it keeps me from managing my sites lol
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by manny2513 View Post

      I gotta get out of forums some times cuz it keeps me from managing my sites lol

      THere you go, its all about time management. LOL.
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      • Profile picture of the author coachkat
        I believe this has a lot to do with what I term the "Employee Mindset" vs. the "Entrepreneurial Mindset."

        A lot of people like yourself will talk about what to do to get out of the rut they are in, but not give ideas or solutions on HOW to do it, and you are right, the solutions are slightly different from person to person.

        I believe there are two tools that are at the core of what you are talking about and that will help people get to the 5 things you are talking about. Those two tools will help them evolve more into the Entrepreneurial Mindset.

        Those two tools are 1) a written time management tool...aka...calendar or appointment book and 2) a daily journal/diary.

        These two tools sound simple and overdone, I know, however, when you learn how to harness them properly, they WILL be the difference between your successes and your failures.
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        • Profile picture of the author williamrs
          Originally Posted by coachkat View Post

          I believe this has a lot to do with what I term the "Employee Mindset" vs. the "Entrepreneurial Mindset."

          A lot of people like yourself will talk about what to do to get out of the rut they are in, but not give ideas or solutions on HOW to do it, and you are right, the solutions are slightly different from person to person.

          I believe there are two tools that are at the core of what you are talking about and that will help people get to the 5 things you are talking about. Those two tools will help them evolve more into the Entrepreneurial Mindset.

          Those two tools are 1) a written time management tool...aka...calendar or appointment book and 2) a daily journal/diary.

          These two tools sound simple and overdone, I know, however, when you learn how to harness them properly, they WILL be the difference between your successes and your failures.
          The problem is what people define as a solution.

          Is a solution a method? A copy an paste system?

          The fact is that every person, campaign, offer, business, etc is different. There are many effective methods out there, but they don't work for most people because they are not complete solutions.

          A complete solution certainly involves a system, but it also involves mindset, attitude, skills, tools, etc...

          So I think people don't find the solution that they need because they don't know what this solution is. When they realize that a successful business is composed by more than a nice copy and paste method they succeed.


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    • Profile picture of the author williamrs
      Originally Posted by manny2513 View Post

      I gotta get out of forums some times cuz it keeps me from managing my sites lol
      Interesting point.

      I used to spend more time on the forum, but know I'm keeping myself under control.

      This forum is a great (probably the greatest) resource for internet marketers of all levels, but just reading and not working doesn't make any business profitable, so it's important that we manage our time properly and spend more time working than talking.


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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    Number 6!The most important thing i've learn in my 2 years experience with Internet Marketing is Taking Action and Avoid Procrastinating all the time.I used to find every day excuses to my self not to work for my business.I wish i hadn't spent all that time procrastinating.

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    • Profile picture of the author JimCricket
      Originally Posted by Garage667 View Post

      Number 6!The most important thing i've learn in my 2 years experience with Internet Marketing is Taking Action and Avoid Procrastinating all the time.I used to find every day excuses to my self not to work for my business.I wish i hadn't spent all that time procrastinating.

      Dimitris
      Yeah, no kidding...its an easy trap to fall into.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    I like the list. I would add that I had to learn the difference between being busy and being productive. I could easily spend hours repeatedly checking my email accounts, researching (?), checking for commissions, or tweaking a web page for the hundredth time. I could spend a whole day working but not really do anything productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author ajona
    I think this forum is just too good of a place to look for these different methods.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Pollina
    These are great points. As a newbie, it is hard to not want to purchase the next shiniest new object! Thanks for the reminders!
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  • Profile picture of the author James Hessler
    Yes I've bought shiny new toys but after a couple of years in what my be regarded in the wilderness I too have taken BIG action. It failed but that is a lesson in of itself.

    I no longer buy the new thang( okay I have a few WSOs awaiting learning from but won't open them till I actuate and push forward in my niche)

    Tecnology is amazing though, on a long car trip Brisbane to Adelaide with a colleague driving) we put out a project to elance bought a domain name and within 100kms had three replies from programmers in India and Pakistan.

    All from my iPhone. As said technology is amazing.

    What I've learned here is 'focus'. Decide where you are going, ensure ( as best you can) that your input will fill a gap, create a solution, be better than what's out there, accept the missteps as learning, and keep on keeping on.

    Thanks to everyone here for valuable advice and insight.

    Gotta love this forum.

    Thanks again

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    You got some great advice posted here. Thanks.
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    Great advice. You got to learn from your mistakes that the only way to be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    This forum is a great resource but it can be a distraction. What with emails from other Warriors promoting WSO offers I still get sucked in and distracted from what I should be doing.
    As there is still much to learn, I find myself learning instead of doing. I say "I will not buy another WSO" as I must have bought a ton and have most of the bases covered and then something else comes along that seduces me into buying.

    The War Room is great and is well worth the investment if anyone is still thinking about joining.

    I am still attracted by WSOs that are absolute bargains and at rock bottom prices compared to what is out there, I tend to buy them "just in case" I have a need for them in the future.

    Learning can be an expensive exercise, but what you learn from this forum and the WSOs is one of the best value-for-money education you can get on internet about internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguel Oliveira
    I particularly like numbers 3 and 5. Great advice.
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    Thanks for such a detail discussion, its quite useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author jezbiz
    really great advice,much like a big tap on the head.i just launched a wordpress blog, got i up in the first page of google for my keyword with a week, i get a few visitors each day, but I don't see any conversions, I noticed that very few click my links..I know something is wrong..I just have to focus..
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    I made more money online before I had my own website, but I have started to get email subscribers, which I know will be valuable long term. You got it right, figure out a good plan and stick to it, use your head, and learn from your mistakes.
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    I'm impressed with the good stuff!
    I will keep a backup of this post for my future assistance.

    Really Good to post hear and educate us.

    Thank you,
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  • Profile picture of the author georgedinmore
    Top Thread!

    However, what your on about really is focus.

    For newbies, focus is the biggest challenge of all.

    Also, i know it to be true for me. I complained about having no money to invest in building my business (thats what i think it is), and yet, i still managed to buy things to read.

    Its all about focus, and if you do that, things will be a lot better.
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    • Profile picture of the author williamrs
      Originally Posted by georgedinmore View Post

      Top Thread!

      However, what your on about really is focus.

      For newbies, focus is the biggest challenge of all.

      Also, i know it to be true for me. I complained about having no money to invest in building my business (thats what i think it is), and yet, i still managed to buy things to read.

      Its all about focus, and if you do that, things will be a lot better.
      Yes, I do talk about focus when I say that people shouldn't keep changing their systems, niches and traffic sources...

      The problem is that most people understand how important focus is, but simply are not able to have it in the practice. Most people read many posts about focus every single day, but then they launch a campaign, don't make money immediately and move on.

      So, IMO, having focus is something that we learn in the practice, it's something that we have to teach ourselves, not something that we can learn from someone else.


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    Thanks William .
    That's really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author wkenzf
    It is really important to keep learning and brave enough to keep failing cause 1 day we will find our right path to the success. We will never know how far or how near we are close with success so we just need to keep trying and trying, learning and learning~
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  • Profile picture of the author g36
    Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

    * Don't create random campaigns - Pick a niche, then decide on what type of offers you will promote and then stick to it. In the beginning it's a lot easier to understand a specific market without spending a lot of money on testing if you don't change your niches and offers constantly.

    * Follow something... not everything - It's easy to get distracted with so many products and courses out there, but don't let the brilliant sales copies that some marketers write take you out of your route. I do believe it's important for a beginner to have a plan to follow, so you can buy a product based on the traffic source and niche that you decide to use. However, don't buy many products covering different subjects or you may end up focusing on nothing.
    I like these advices.

    When I was new to IM, I didn't follow something, but everything. I thought if I could do many things, I could get more money. Silly me, it was waste of time and energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author bolo1107
    Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

    * You have a brain. Use it
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    Probably the most fundamental characteristic any sane person must possess. Lots of "brand new" condition "think boxes" nowadays......:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    Thanks for the great advice.

    I've found the 'follow something, not everything' the most impactful since reading this a few days ago. I've since cancelled and refunded all the dud products that I've subscribed to and reset my focus on what has worked for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Thanks for sharing this..

    And guys remember that testing and optimization must be done on a regular basis.

    Cheers,

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    Great post. Good job.
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  • Profile picture of the author ragul96
    Thanks bro! What I heard from many others like you.. Stick with your plans. I will try to follow it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nelson Felix
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    william, i am waiting 4 ur new product&course

    i am wasting time everyday due to i don't have a guide, there are so many wsos but i trust yours
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    • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
      Originally Posted by 92 View Post

      william, i am waiting 4 ur new product&course

      i am wasting time everyday due to i don't have a guide, there are so many wsos but i trust yours
      Why don't you try current products and threads which have plenty of FREE information?
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  • Profile picture of the author BettyR
    Very good advice especially for me that I am a newbie at this. I will certainly take these steps into consideration.Ivette
    Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

    I don't regret anything I've made in my business during the last years and I'm very happy with the money I make now and the way I live my life.

    However, I'd be lying if I told you that I wouldn't like to get back on time and teach myself a few things when I was just starting.

    So here are the 5 things that I would teach myself. If I knew them when I was getting started I would have become a successful internet marketer much earlier than I did (I don't even like to think about what I would have made in the last year of high school with an extra $10K per month! ).

    You will probably will find a lot of useful information by making some research on thsi forum, but here are my 2 cents:

    * Choose between free and paid based on yourself, not advices - people are always talking about the differences between the free and paid traffic sources. However, this isn't a complicated choice for a beginner. Free traffic sources demand time, paid traffic sources demand money. Which one are you willing to invest, time or money?

    * Don't create random campaigns - Pick a niche, then decide on what type of offers you will promote and then stick to it. In the beginning it's a lot easier to understand a specific market without spending a lot of money on testing if you don't change your niches and offers constantly.

    * Follow something... not everything - It's easy to get distracted with so many products and courses out there, but don't let the brilliant sales copies that some marketers write take you out of your route. I do believe it's important for a beginner to have a plan to follow, so you can buy a product based on the traffic source and niche that you decide to use. However, don't buy many products covering different subjects or you may end up focusing on nothing.

    * No, that's not easier than what you're doing - You will fail in the beginning. Not once, but several times. If you don't, then you're a freaking genius! After trying something multiple times and not getting the expected results you, as a human being, will feel frustrated. It's normal, but it cannot take you out of your path. When you get to this point you will think that other methods, traffic sources, systems, etc are easier than what you're trying to do. You will be wrong. Every method involves a learning curve and has its obstacles. The problem is that the sales pages usually don't cover this part. So stick to what you're doing, keep learning from your experiences and you will get there.

    * You have a brain. Use it - You need to be able to think by yourself, have your own ideas and solve your own problems. A method is just an idea that someone else had and implemented successfully. However, each campaign is different, the obstacles are not always the same. Two different people using the same method may get very different results, so you need to be able to create solutions, not just look for them on a report.

    I personally believe that in order to become a successful internet marketer everybody will have to learn these 5 things at same point.

    The sad thing is that almost no one will learn them just by reading this post. They will understand what I'm saying and agree with me, but when they face a situation where they will have to implement one of these things 99% won't do what they know they should do. This is how we are.

    So the purpose of this post is not to teach you the 5 things, but to show you that they exist and tell you to not give up, because you will succeed when you learn all of them.


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  • Profile picture of the author dohfiddle
    good post I think people get distracted and confused by all the different advice and courses available,your absolutely right we all have a brain and we all have tu use it !
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  • Profile picture of the author rbailey83
    This is great advice. I know that when i first started getting into internet marketing i made all kinds of mistakes and was doing the opposite of a lot of what you listed and had to come to learn it for myself the right way of doing things. Although i have gotten away from it i believe that those are key points for the basis in internet marketing no matter what you are doing
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  • Profile picture of the author sesy0004
    Thanks for this insight, it quite great.
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  • Profile picture of the author IceMustang
    Excellent advice. Building an online business is no easier than building a brick-and-mortar business - it just takes less money to do, usually. But you need the hustle, the go-getter mentality, and common sense in order to make it work.
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    * Follow something... not everything
    Can´t agree with this one enough. There are so many ways to get totally overwhelmed when it comes to internet marketing and its easy to hop from one thing to another.

    Pick something you enjoy. And stick with it. Develop a stratagy around that and don´t hop from one to another.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOAffordable
    I'd add TEST, TEST and TEST some more.

    Not all of the WSO's actually work in every niche because of the competition. Find what works and keep doing it across multiple sites until it doesn't work any more.

    We've seen it with blog comments and profiles etc.
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