Introduction and Request for Newbie Advice - What do you wish you knew?

by adarwish 14 replies
Hi Everyone,

I just recently started reading the warrior forum and thought I would briefly introduce myself and seek some advice from those who were in my shoes not too long ago. I graduated from college a couple years ago and took on a corporate job in litigation consulting but have since left that and have been doing a little searching ever since. My brother, who's been involved in IM for a couple years now, introduced me to the warrior forum and inspired me to learn more.

I'm very intrigued and inspired by the warrior forum community and the dedication and hard work exhibited by so many of you. To be completely honest, I've personally often sought the "short cut" approach to achieving things rather than full on hard work and persistence. I guess over time I'll have to balance working hard with working smart while ensuring that I don't lose my resolve.

So with that said, I'd like to ask everyone what they wish they knew when they started out and to solicit any actionable advice you guys may have. I love learning and sharing knowledge and am really looking forward to your responses.

Thanks!

Regards,
Ahmed

(I posted this on the Mind Warriors forum but didn't really get any responses...sorry for the repost)
#main internet marketing discussion forum #advice #introduction #knew #newbie #request
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  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    Well use a service called Sitesell if you have the cash, they are the best. Also Internet Marketing Center is really good.
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    • Profile picture of the author jhongren
      HI Ahmed, nice to meet you.

      Hmmm, what I wish I knew....that it is important to just focus on ONE whatever we are doing. =)

      And feel free to ask questions. It is the right attitude to learn and propel forward.

      Cheers,
      John
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        What John said about focus was my first thought, but thinking back, I wish I'd realised sooner that when I assume "I can't do that", if I ask myself "Why not?" and really consider the question instead of just dismissing the idea, I can usually remove the obstacle - often surprisingly quickly.

        In short, I wish I'd had more faith in myself sooner and realised that not knowing how to do a thing can be cured simply by getting my head down and finding out how.
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        • Profile picture of the author jhongren
          Originally Posted by astracadia View Post

          What John said about focus was my first thought, but thinking back, I wish I'd realised sooner that when I assume "I can't do that", if I ask myself "Why not?" and really consider the question instead of just dismissing the idea, I can usually remove the obstacle - often surprisingly quickly.

          In short, I wish I'd had more faith in myself sooner and realised that not knowing how to do a thing can be cured simply by getting my head down and finding out how.
          Hi Astracadia,

          It is never too late to change our mindset.

          And I applaud to you for the infact you are aware of focusing on ONE is the right thing to do.

          Again, I made this mistake too, dabbling on whatever things I can grab hold on and I think I can make money (as "promised" by the sales page) LOL

          Anyway, we got to learn and share our experience so others wont make the same mistake as us.

          John
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        • Profile picture of the author Johnson Tay
          Hey Ahmed!

          I know who your bro is... Amir Darwish!

          Haha... I've spoken to him couple of times... very nice and smart guy!

          Anyways, to answer your question, I wish I mastered Adwords earlier

          Actually, there's only 1 skill worthy of mastering in IM - learning how to drive targetted traffic to your site.

          Your copy and marketing can be crappy, but if you know how to channel enough targetted traffic to it, you'll still see results in the form of sales and conversion... though they may be dismal...

          Good luck! I'm pretty sure you'll be at the top soon!

          Johnson Tay
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          • Profile picture of the author adarwish
            Thanks for all the input so far guys! Keep it coming!

            napoleonfirst, can you tell me more about sitesell and internet marketing center?

            John and astracadia, really good points. I've often found myself trying to do too much at once without much focus and coming out of it all empty handed.

            Johnson, what's helped you master adwords along the way?
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            • Profile picture of the author rhondaklewis
              I wish I knew more about adwords then and now.
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              • Profile picture of the author Tristan Bull
                My advice would be to not try and learn EVERYTHING at once.

                There are multiply steps that you need to take and it is better if you focus on completing each step successful before you move onto the next one.

                Information overload is a massive problem in the IM world so the best way to avoid it is to focus on what thing then move onto the next that way you wont get overwhelmed and won't fail.

                Also there are a lot of things that are kinda useless and a waste of time so to save you time just take it one step at a time
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                • Profile picture of the author Stuart Stirling
                  Hi Ahmed and welcome to the Warrior forum!

                  I'd have to agree with Tristian here.

                  Originally Posted by Tristan Bull View Post

                  My advice would be to not try and learn EVERYTHING at once.
                  Information overload is a massive problem in the IM world so the best way to avoid it is to focus on what thing then move onto the next that way you wont get overwhelmed and won't fail.
                  The learning curve can be quite racking on the brain!
                  So much to learn and you want to learn it all at once
                  but that is just asking for overload.

                  Then the next most important thing is to start making
                  good contacts early. No-ons does or can do this stuff alone.
                  Good partners and friends in the business will help you
                  to learn, develop and stretch your business.

                  There are many more points I'd love to share but following
                  rule #1, I'll let you go at it at your own pace

                  God luck,
                  Stuart
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  • Profile picture of the author Chipt
    Originally Posted by adarwish View Post

    Hi Everyone,

    I just recently started reading the warrior forum and thought I would briefly introduce myself and seek some advice from those who were in my shoes not too long ago. I graduated from college a couple years ago and took on a corporate job in litigation consulting but have since left that and have been doing a little searching ever since. My brother, who's been involved in IM for a couple years now, introduced me to the warrior forum and inspired me to learn more.

    I'm very intrigued and inspired by the warrior forum community and the dedication and hard work exhibited by so many of you. To be completely honest, I've personally often sought the "short cut" approach to achieving things rather than full on hard work and persistence. I guess over time I'll have to balance working hard with working smart while ensuring that I don't lose my resolve.

    So with that said, I'd like to ask everyone what they wish they knew when they started out and to solicit any actionable advice you guys may have. I love learning and sharing knowledge and am really looking forward to your responses.

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Ahmed

    (I posted this on the Mind Warriors forum but didn't really get any responses...sorry for the repost)


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    • Profile picture of the author adarwish
      Thanks everyone!

      It seems that Adwords is where everyone recommends starting out with/mastering. I've already learned quite a bit about adwords, but was interested in seeing what resources you guys would recommend or found most useful?
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      • Profile picture of the author johnmiley
        One thing I have learned that helps me is to keep whatever you are doing down to these two simple components:

        1. Master one single method of traffic generation.
        2. Master one method of sales conversion that is profitable.

        It took me a long time to see that these two pieces are the only vital pieces to the puzzle.

        Drive traffic and convert it.

        There it is!
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        • Profile picture of the author Daris Page
          I wish I had learned how to use adwords. When I started out I jumped straight in to ppc advertising without any know-how and lost about $600 within 2 weeks with no sales whatsoever lol. not good.
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          • Profile picture of the author wandererw
            Hi Ahmed,

            Aside from doing your homework and your due diligence, I would cite focus as the one thing I wish I had when I started out. There really is so much stuff out there that you just have got to decide what you want to do, get yourself a game plan and go do it.

            Another thing I would like to add is to aim high. When I started I was looking to make some pocket change first and then see what happens - and found myself attracted to offers and ideas that made pocket change and wasted a lot of time there. I knew how to make good money but was too busy clicking links for $0.005 that I did not take any action.

            Now I have set myself a target of making a fulltime income from IM and I have started to take the necessary actions towards that goal.

            Think about it. If you aim for $100 and you succeed, you get $100. If you aim for $10,000 and you fail, you may still get $5,000.

            To your success!


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