1 year into IM... 5 things I learned!

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Hi all,

Exactly one year I decided to start making money online with marketing, blogging and other things. I know that this is normal on WF, but still I think it is never boring to read success stories and step-by-step tuts.

This is why I am here today... I will share you 5 things that I learned throughout these 12 months. Hope they will help you all a little bit.


1. Never give up!

Motivation is key to success. Don't loose hope. Sometimes things go wrong. This is normal. Like there is a Google Panda update and you drop few places or a website breaks a partnership with you or you get banned from AdSense. I had some very good and very bad momments as well.
Don't worry if things are not that perfect as in your dreams, everything will get better soon.


2. Focus Focus Focus!

I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned $xxxx last month.
I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
So my message: Focus on a website at a time!


3. Set your goals!

Goals are very important. They give you an answer to "where are you heading?". If you don't set your goals in the beginning you will have a lot harder job.
I didn't set my goals right away This caused me 3 months of standing in one place.
So come on and do it! Set solid, achievable and BIG goals.
Like: "I would like to earn $200/month in a year." (This is one the most simple goals, setting financial goals)


4. Think BIG!

Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
And always be prepared for the largest outcome.


5. Read Warriorforum!


Hope these modest tips will help you become the next big hit on the internet.

Any questions or comments welcome.

Have a nice day!
Best Regards,
Akos
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Maggs
    You hit the nail on the head with FOCUS...It's too easy to purchase every new strategy that comes along and never finish anything. I think that's why most Internet marketers fail. The ebook that turned everything around for me was Dennis Becker's 5 bucks a day. I applied the principles in that book to my business and I can honestly say I have never looked back.
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by Rob Maggs View Post

      You hit the nail on the head with FOCUS...It's too easy to purchase every new strategy that comes along and never finish anything. I think that's why most Internet marketers fail. The ebook that turned everything around for me was Dennis Becker's 5 bucks a day. I applied the principles in that book to my business and I can honestly say I have never looked back.
      Agree with everything you said...
      Yes most of the people here fail because they always start something new when a new thing is trending. Like: I heard of a person who gave up fame and traffic and changed it to a new blog. He dropped his iPhone blog and he started a G+ blog. It was when G+ came out. Since then, I haven't heard of him
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  • Profile picture of the author uumair
    step number 5 is really true. That had helped me alot as im doing IM from last 5 months. Thank U all warriors here
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  • Profile picture of the author wowcolombia1
    Originally Posted by AkosBlog View Post

    Hi all,

    Exactly one year I decided to start making money online with marketing, blogging and other things. I know that this is normal on WF, but still I think it is never boring to read success stories and step-by-step tuts.

    This is why I am here today... I will share you 5 things that I learned throughout these 12 months. Hope they will help you all a little bit.


    1. Never give up!

    Motivation is key to success. Don't loose hope. Sometimes things go wrong. This is normal. Like there is a Google Panda update and you drop few places or a website breaks a partnership with you or you get banned from AdSense. I had some very good and very bad momments as well.
    Don't worry if things are not that perfect as in your dreams, everything will get better soon.


    2. Focus Focus Focus!

    I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned last month.
    I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
    I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
    So my message: Focus on a website at a time!


    3. Set your goals!

    Goals are very important. They give you an answer to "where are you heading?". If you don't set your goals in the beginning you will have a lot harder job.
    I didn't set my goals right away This caused me 3 months of standing in one place.
    So come on and do it! Set solid, achievable and BIG goals.
    Like: "I would like to earn $200/month in a year." (This is one the most simple goals, setting financial goals)


    4. Think BIG!

    Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
    And always be prepared for the largest outcome.


    5. Read Warriorforum!


    Hope these modest tips will help you become the next big hit on the internet.

    Any questions or comments welcome.

    Have a nice day!
    Best Regards,
    Akos
    Thanks dude for those helpful tips.I am new with affiliate marketing and i have like 3 months in it and i havent made a penny.But im starting to make succsess with a course.Anyways thanks for those tips.If you can help me with affiliate marketing pm me
    thank you
    Oswald Luis
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    Thanks for these nice tips , I am also new to IM , it is important to have the correct mindset when starting any business.

    Can I ask you which traffic method do you like to use ??
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  • Profile picture of the author Bmichael
    Focus is HUGE! I am finding that hard to do. But I have to focus in order to reach my goals. To do this I plan out exactly what I am going to do and do it without distraction until I'm done. You just have to force yourself otherwise you could end up wasting your precious time! Time is the one thing we can't get back!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Q
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    This is what most newbies must read, and it's pretty motivated. One of the reasons that most struggling internet marketers fail is because they lost focus. I strongly agree that we should focus on one thing that really works, and we need to keep it going until we finally master and see some success.

    Never give up like John Cena!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    I agree but also, working on your business is hard with all the social media and etc, you have to stay away from distractions
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
    All good points. You'll be amazed by how much more you learn the longer you're in this industry. It's amazing how many different angles and categories there are in marketing online, tons to learn (if you choose to learn it).
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  • Profile picture of the author djasmin
    Originally Posted by AkosBlog View Post

    Hi all,

    Exactly one year I decided to start making money online with marketing, blogging and other things. I know that this is normal on WF, but still I think it is never boring to read success stories and step-by-step tuts.

    This is why I am here today... I will share you 5 things that I learned throughout these 12 months. Hope they will help you all a little bit.


    1. Never give up!

    Motivation is key to success. Don't loose hope. Sometimes things go wrong. This is normal. Like there is a Google Panda update and you drop few places or a website breaks a partnership with you or you get banned from AdSense. I had some very good and very bad momments as well.
    Don't worry if things are not that perfect as in your dreams, everything will get better soon.


    2. Focus Focus Focus!

    I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned last month.
    I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
    I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
    So my message: Focus on a website at a time!


    3. Set your goals!

    Goals are very important. They give you an answer to "where are you heading?". If you don't set your goals in the beginning you will have a lot harder job.
    I didn't set my goals right away This caused me 3 months of standing in one place.
    So come on and do it! Set solid, achievable and BIG goals.
    Like: "I would like to earn $200/month in a year." (This is one the most simple goals, setting financial goals)


    4. Think BIG!

    Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
    And always be prepared for the largest outcome.


    5. Read Warriorforum!


    Hope these modest tips will help you become the next big hit on the internet.

    Any questions or comments welcome.

    Have a nice day!
    Best Regards,
    Akos

    I agree all your points. Thanks for this post
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Right on Akos...

    Caution: Philosophical Rant Ahead!

    I've just rounded the corner and am approaching a total of 7 months invested into this amazing journey. I cannot count how many times the thought of giving up came to mind when each new challenge arose.

    A large portion of the focus depends on the individuals ability to avoid the distractions that can often lead to dead ends, and wasted time. I have found in my experience that planning and setting goals has a huge grip on my desire to succeed online (and off), and definitely helped me to persevere through many of the pitfalls associated to the learning curve, and the cards life deals us. (*Still does!)

    You make a valid point, and one that I; myself am 'guilty' of, which is trying to tackle too many projects at once. I actually racked my brain trying to master SEO, keyword research, domain buying and selling, gaming the SERP's, learning web design, and probably 10 other methods all at once... only to awaken to the realization; had I just focused on one quality niche, one article at a time, I would have likely reached my income goals that I set out to conquer 6 months ago.

    With little regret, the amount of knowledge gained through this forum, and the act of applying the techniques openly shared by successful marketers here, has elevated my understanding to 'feel' a huge sense of accomplishment, despite having made little money as of yet.

    I think if there were a #6 on your list, it would definitely be "Time Management"

    Looking back, I found it easy to waste a lot of time studying 20 different techniques, and by doing so, I was actually stalling my forward momentum, as it was nearly impossible to implement them all at one time.

    However, by not prioritizing the money over that of conducting thorough research, I have since narrowed down my focus to 2 main projects, with another 100+ sitting 'in wait' to be developed, and I feel almost possessed in knowing; I am close to a huge financial breakthrough.

    Finally, I believe with confidence; this cheap laptop can carry me anywhere I desire.

    While everyone is different, it takes time to assemble the ingredients and learn how to formulate a winning recipe worthy of flavoring the tongues of the masses.

    Think Big... Absolutely Brother!

    I remind myself daily to remember; in the metaphorical sense, there are millions of people online who are starving for answers, services, information, and products to fulfill their hunger (need or desire). I vividly picture them armed with a fork and spoon pounding on the table (or their computers), demanding sustenance, armed and ready to devour the appetizer...

    Another words, it took me 7 months to learn; the key is to compel them to sit still at your table (your website), just long enough to give them a free drink to wet their thirst in their search, in exchange for an opt-in, then... worry about 'taking their orders', and preparing to 'cook-up' and deliver the next course (or action).

    If done properly, in time your menu will increase 10 fold, and soon you can be cranking out orders like 'Pizza Hut' on a Friday night!

    My personal mistake was thinking; I needed everything in place to support a million customers, as opposed to just giving out samples, then determining (questioning) "what it is that people truly need, desire, or want to sustain that ever-present hunger?"

    Leading to # 7 Mindset...

    "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" - Hotel California

    None-the-less, we are all seeking something, somewhere, everywhere, and longing for a certain understanding to compel us to free ourselves from limitations, bondage, and well....sophisticated slavery; such as a crappy job we hate!

    When you really think about it, even Pizza Hut started off selling 1 pizza at a time!

    It's really NOT that hard to build an online business, especially, with the help of those in this forum sharing their secret recipes, and a path to success!

    The Warrior Forum is ONE big @$$ kitchen arming people with the ingredients, tools, and recipes to succeed, and those who can stomach it, can cultivate a massive crop, feed the masses, and NEVER go hungry again!

    But... one must be mentally prepared to bury the BS, cultivate the land (DO THE WORK), plant a seed while warding off predators, nurture that crop, and be patient while awaiting the tender rewards of said efforts.

    "The root of success cannot bear fruit without planting a seed of hope first!"

    If you cannot believe in your success... you are doomed to failure.

    Meanwhile, I just lost my job on Tuesday (got laid off), I am seconds away from losing my residence (to new ownership), and the only thing that really matters to me right now, is NOT losing my internet focus, and all that I have to look forward to, as I know; my freedom resides in the seeds I am planting online!

    What a ride indeed!

    There is no greater high!

    All the Best,

    Art
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    • Profile picture of the author valmillercorl
      Originally Posted by art72 View Post

      Right on Akos...

      Caution: Philosophical Rant Ahead!

      I've just rounded the corner and am approaching a total of 7 months invested into this amazing journey. I cannot count how many times the thought of giving up came to mind when each new challenge arose.

      A large portion of the focus depends on the individuals ability to avoid the distractions that can often lead to dead ends, and wasted time. I have found in my experience that planning and setting goals has a huge grip on my desire to succeed online (and off), and definitely helped me to persevere through many of the pitfalls associated to the learning curve, and the cards life deals us. (*Still does!)

      You make a valid point, and one that I; myself am 'guilty' of, which is trying to tackle too many projects at once. I actually racked my brain trying to master SEO, keyword research, domain buying and selling, gaming the SERP's, learning web design, and probably 10 other methods all at once... only to awaken to the realization; had I just focused on one quality niche, one article at a time, I would have likely reached my income goals that I set out to conquer 6 months ago.

      With little regret, the amount of knowledge gained through this forum, and the act of applying the techniques openly shared by successful marketers here, has elevated my understanding to 'feel' a huge sense of accomplishment, despite having made little money as of yet.

      I think if there were a #6 on your list, it would definitely be "Time Management"

      Looking back, I found it easy to waste a lot of time studying 20 different techniques, and by doing so, I was actually stalling my forward momentum, as it was nearly impossible to implement them all at one time.

      However, by not prioritizing the money over that of conducting thorough research, I have since narrowed down my focus to 2 main projects, with another 100+ sitting 'in wait' to be developed, and I feel almost possessed in knowing; I am close to a huge financial breakthrough.

      Finally, I believe with confidence; this cheap laptop can carry me anywhere I desire.

      While everyone is different, it takes time to assemble the ingredients and learn how to formulate a winning recipe worthy of flavoring the tongues of the masses.

      Think Big... Absolutely Brother!

      I remind myself daily to remember; in the metaphorical sense, there are millions of people online who are starving for answers, services, information, and products to fulfill their hunger (need or desire). I vividly picture them armed with a fork and spoon pounding on the table (or their computers), demanding sustenance, armed and ready to devour the appetizer...

      Another words, it took me 7 months to learn; the key is to compel them to sit still at your table (your website), just long enough to give them a free drink to wet their thirst in their search, in exchange for an opt-in, then... worry about 'taking their orders', and preparing to 'cook-up' and deliver the next course (or action).

      If done properly, in time your menu will increase 10 fold, and soon you can be cranking out orders like 'Pizza Hut' on a Friday night!

      My personal mistake was thinking; I needed everything in place to support a million customers, as opposed to just giving out samples, then determining (questioning) "what it is that people truly need, desire, or want to sustain that ever-present hunger?"

      Leading to # 7 Mindset...

      "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" - Hotel California

      None-the-less, we are all seeking something, somewhere, everywhere, and longing for a certain understanding to compel us to free ourselves from limitations, bondage, and well....sophisticated slavery; such as a crappy job we hate!

      When you really think about it, even Pizza Hut started off selling 1 pizza at a time!

      It's really NOT that hard to build an online business, especially, with the help of those in this forum sharing their secret recipes, and a path to success!

      The Warrior Forum is ONE big @$$ kitchen arming people with the ingredients, tools, and recipes to succeed, and those who can stomach it, can cultivate a massive crop, feed the masses, and NEVER go hungry again!

      But... one must be mentally prepared to bury the BS, cultivate the land (DO THE WORK), plant a seed while warding off predators, nurture that crop, and be patient while awaiting the tender rewards of said efforts.

      "The root of success cannot bear fruit without planting a seed of hope first!"

      If you cannot believe in your success... you are doomed to failure.

      Meanwhile, I just lost my job on Tuesday (got laid off), I am seconds away from losing my residence (to new ownership), and the only thing that really matters to me right now, is NOT losing my internet focus, and all that I have to look forward to, as I know; my freedom resides in the seeds I am planting online!

      What a ride indeed!

      There is no greater high!

      All the Best,

      Art
      Very eloquently put. It is so easy to lose focus. I have so many times over the last 2 yrs. I haven't made much money doing IM but I'm also not giving up. I have more of a clear focus and found Tiffany Dow. She says to start out doing a service to earn money "now" and then work up to creating your own project and then do affiliate marketing. I am following her advice and started out providing a service which is Ghostwriting. Using one of her methods I got 10 clients in 1 day. Now, it's not that much money, however, it's more money I've made then anything I tried in the last 2 yrs. I am in the mean time building a PLR store slowly but surely. I also have been creating an eBook every step of the way about everything I have learned. And another thing that helps you stay focused and is a HUGE motivator: when you have a life event that changes everything...this causes you to keep your eye on the prize and never give up!

      Goodluck to everyone here...Val
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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    Thanks a lot for posting your learnings here

    I will also learn from your learning so that I can apply them in my future goals
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  • Profile picture of the author classiqa
    I always concentrate on one rather than selecting many, if you focus and do things consistently you will definitely be in a place where you feel much confident in taking your next step.
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by Bmichael View Post

      Focus is HUGE! I am finding that hard to do. But I have to focus in order to reach my goals. To do this I plan out exactly what I am going to do and do it without distraction until I'm done. You just have to force yourself otherwise you could end up wasting your precious time! Time is the one thing we can't get back!
      Agreed... Focusing one a few things at a time is really hard. As you said, time management can be a great solution



      Originally Posted by nadal619 View Post

      Thanks for these nice tips , I am also new to IM , it is important to have the correct mindset when starting any business.

      Can I ask you which traffic method do you like to use ??
      Mindset: The most important of all
      Traffic method?: I use mostly organic traffic (for affiliates) and social media traffic.



      Originally Posted by wowcolombia1 View Post

      Thanks dude for those helpful tips.I am new with affiliate marketing and i have like 3 months in it and i havent made a penny.But im starting to make succsess with a course.Anyways thanks for those tips.If you can help me with affiliate marketing pm me
      thank you
      Oswald Luis
      Hi Luis,
      Don't give up! Just focus and concentrate more and more...
      Will send you a PM soon...



      Originally Posted by uumair View Post

      step number 5 is really true. That had helped me alot as im doing IM from last 5 months. Thank U all warriors here
      Tip #5 is the one of the most important of all WF rocks!!!



      Originally Posted by Fazal Mayar View Post

      I agree but also, working on your business is hard with all the social media and etc, you have to stay away from distractions
      Yes, distractions are the worst things that can occur when marketing and promoting... avoid them by all means!



      Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

      All good points. You'll be amazed by how much more you learn the longer you're in this industry. It's amazing how many different angles and categories there are in marketing online, tons to learn (if you choose to learn it).
      Learning is one of the most important things in the online world. Imagine an internet marketer with no brain )



      Originally Posted by lamposproject View Post

      This is what most newbies must read, and it's pretty motivated. One of the reasons that most struggling internet marketers fail is because they lost focus. I strongly agree that we should focus on one thing that really works, and we need to keep it going until we finally master and see some success.

      Never give up like John Cena!
      Yep. FOCUS FOCUS and guess what... FOCUS !! )


      Originally Posted by classiqa View Post

      I always concentrate on one rather than selecting many, if you focus and do things consistently you will definitely be in a place where you feel much confident in taking your next step.
      Agree with everything you said... this is kind of quantity vs. quality.


      Anyway, thanks guys for the replies... I am really thankful to be here and learn here
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    When the going gets tough, keep on pushing through. If someone were to give up
    each and every time something got hard, there would be no success in the world.

    And yeah man, definitely focus on one thing. If you focus on too many things, you
    will for sure get lost or just have a burn-out phase.
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  • Profile picture of the author smoor2012
    I agree with you here buddy. Network marketing can work but you have to approach it in the right way. You have develop a solid reputation online, which doesn't happen quickly. You have to lead with valuable information first. We all have to learn a few things when first starting. I have as well. I also believe that if you set the right foundation underneath you, that time is well spent and will be worth it in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stack Bundles
    What I'm learning as well is that you almost have to love it. If you don't love it, then giving up is a lot easier. I have been working on an authority blog and it's been brutal doing so much work every night and raking in only $.50 or $.1.20 per day in adsense.

    My girlfriend told me that I have to be semi-crazy to keep this up. But I am not crazy because I am making tweaks, I believe in my plan and I'm seeing the increase in traffic.

    As my blog closes in on an Alexa number under 1 Million and traffic is increasing so are profits. Now it's easier to keep going. But you have to believe in yourself, believe in your plan and love what you are doing.

    FYI: The blog I'm referring to is not the one in my signature.

    -Stack Bundles
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by Stack Bundles View Post

      What I'm learning as well is that you almost have to love it. If you don't love it, then giving up is a lot easier. I have been working on an authority blog and it's been brutal doing so much work every night and raking in only $.50 or $.1.20 per day in adsense.

      My girlfriend told me that I have to be semi-crazy to keep this up. But I am not crazy because I am making tweaks, I believe in my plan and I'm seeing the increase in traffic.

      As my blog closes in on an Alexa number under 1 Million and traffic is increasing so are profits. Now it's easier to keep going. But you have to believe in yourself, believe in your plan and love what you are doing.

      FYI: The blog I'm referring to is not the one in my signature.

      -Stack Bundles
      "Love what you do, it will make everything easier" PS: Agree with everything you said...
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  • Profile picture of the author renegadetmj
    Thanks for the post - lots of really relevant points there -especially the one about focus being vital.
    I've also been doing IM for about 1 year and the biggest thing I've learnt is to keep searching until you find something that works, rather than trying to beat a dead horse.
    As an example, I have a lot of sites (which are a result of my lack of focus...) which each require a lot of maintenance and which after a year earn only a couple of bucks a day, whereas I also have a one page site that took me 30 minutes to build and which requires no maintenance, which yesterday made $156 (my best day so far!).
    Experimenting is important but by 'failing fast' and recognising which approach to continue with and which to abandon means that you gradually build a portfolio of sites that are high performing and which justify your time, rather than a huge portfolio of sites that are each mediocre.
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by renegadetmj View Post

      Thanks for the post - lots of really relevant points there -especially the one about focus being vital.
      I've also been doing IM for about 1 year and the biggest thing I've learnt is to keep searching until you find something that works, rather than trying to beat a dead horse.
      As an example, I have a lot of sites (which are a result of my lack of focus...) which each require a lot of maintenance and which after a year earn only a couple of bucks a day, whereas I also have a one page site that took me 30 minutes to build and which requires no maintenance, which yesterday made $156 (my best day so far!).
      Experimenting is important but by 'failing fast' and recognising which approach to continue with and which to abandon means that you gradually build a portfolio of sites that are high performing and which justify your time, rather than a huge portfolio of sites that are each mediocre.
      Nice and detailed story. Like it very much...
      But I still don't agree with setting up a micro-niche site (like you) and then just wait for the outcome. It is boring and nothing special in my eye, just some quick money earning that will not last long.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    It is not that no one knew about those. But sometime we do not keep those points in your mind!
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    Great tips!

    Quitew obvious but it is surprising to see so many people forgetting these basic steps.

    I might just add that to succeed you need to think of IM as a business, as soon as you get out of the hobbyist mindset you begin to make some real progress

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author Warda
    I agree with you 100%, its easy to give up easily it almost happened to me but now am glad I went through it!.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    You might want to add a #6 to that list.

    6. Obtain Targeted Traffic, Traffic, and more Traffic.

    Because without it, our business's wouldn't succeed
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

      You might want to add a #6 to that list.

      6. Obtain Targeted Traffic, Traffic, and more Traffic.

      Because without it, our business's wouldn't succeed
      Yes, mostly agree with what you said.
      But I think creating a solid mindset is first in the process. Then comes the substantive work
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  • Profile picture of the author mixerbarcoe
    5. Read Warriorforum!
    With regards to number 5 don't just read the warrior forum put what you read here into Action. There's no point just sitting in front of your computer reading all day that won't make you any money. You have to put what you learn from here into action. That means consistent action not just one or two days but everyday. When you start taking consistent action that is when you will see the money rolling in.

    -Kevin
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by mixerbarcoe View Post

      With regards to number 5 don't just read the warrior forum put what you read here into Action. There's no point just sitting in front of your computer reading all day that won't make you any money. You have to put what you learn from here into action. That means consistent action not just one or two days but everyday. When you start taking consistent action that is when you will see the money rolling in.

      -Kevin
      Absolutely agreed. If you don't take action on what you read, you won't achieve anything.

      Success is inevitable, it just takes action
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Tyler
    Great share! Think big is defiantly my favorite

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  • Profile picture of the author jackwebson
    You have missed some essential things to be learned but I understand you just based it on your own experience and I respect you for that. However, I agree with the 5th learning. Everyone should join the warrior forum before starting internet marketing. Great share though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cathy Z
    I am a newcomer to the forum and IM world. I have been trying several different programs over the last year and a half. I am learning alot as I try to figure it all out.
    This can be confusing at times but, also, fun. No $$$ yet, but, I keep plugging along. Because one day it will be there!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mauricio Lopez
    Awsome post... I can definately relate to everything you're saying. I struggled greatly in the beginning due to lack of planning and goal setting but once I decided I wasn't going to quit and accept failure - things started to change.

    I set BIG goals for myself but I celebrate even the smallest of acheivements...
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  • Profile picture of the author kannoos75
    Wow so true.. I've seen people going through many many products without taking a single action..
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    • Profile picture of the author Carolyn L.
      Focus, focus, focus, and take action. Those shiny things are awfully tempting but ultimately you have to decide if they are really what you want to do.

      There are lots of ways to make money with internet marketing. But with so many choices it's much harder to narrow it down to only one thing. But when you find that one thing that interests you, focus on it and take action.

      When I deviate from this path I find myself virtually twiddling my thumbs and finding ways to avoid getting down to work. When I get back on track, I'm amazed at what I can accomplish in a short time.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingChad
    Nice! I like how not one of the things you've learned is "buy tons of marketing products," which is what many (myself included at first) think is the answer.

    Internet marketing has the easiest barrier of entry of any business. You don't need to know a lot to get started. If you build up the right valuable assets you can reap HUGE rewards. The problem is most people just don't stick with it long enough.

    Cheers for doing it the right way!
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  • Profile picture of the author HelenAbell
    Great post, particulary like the part about focus! and I would say keep it simple to start with and don't try and master too many strategies at once. Get good at a few things first and you'll start seeing results. This also helps with the motivation!
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    And don't forget...

    Build your list!

    You most likely won't be successful only on your own...

    You need a network, a list, and group of folk with whom you can partner.

    That should always be kept in the back of your mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      Focusing and never giving up is definitely huge. It is so easy to get distracted by the latest and greatest product. Also at the first sign of a problem or obstacle a lot of people throw in the towel and move on to something else only to repeat the cycle. You just gotta focus on one thing and one thing only until you reach your goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mildred Williams
    You are correct FOCUS is the main thing that brings success.Keep focusing in one thing until you master it. Then move to another one and of course Never Give Up! Until you achieve all your goals.
    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Greenfatman
    I think WF is amazing , I really started to go through the threads after 6 months being member and then moved on, big mistake! I think someone shot a email about a product on WR from that moment on I've realised how big and powerful this forum is, so around 10 months I come here nearly everyday, learning and learning...
    Yes, I regret to spend 6 months without come here.I should be in a better position now as I spent money in useless things and I could build my Business.

    Lesson learnt!

    Newbies the Warrior Forum is your main tool, trust me!
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  • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
    wow.... Thanks for all the useful replies Totally agree with the last poster, newbies read WF! )
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  • Profile picture of the author augustusrome17
    Originally Posted by AkosBlog View Post

    Hi all,

    Exactly one year I decided to start making money online with marketing, blogging and other things. I know that this is normal on WF, but still I think it is never boring to read success stories and step-by-step tuts.

    This is why I am here today... I will share you 5 things that I learned throughout these 12 months. Hope they will help you all a little bit.


    1. Never give up!

    Motivation is key to success. Don't loose hope. Sometimes things go wrong. This is normal. Like there is a Google Panda update and you drop few places or a website breaks a partnership with you or you get banned from AdSense. I had some very good and very bad momments as well.
    Don't worry if things are not that perfect as in your dreams, everything will get better soon.


    2. Focus Focus Focus!

    I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned last month.
    I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
    I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
    So my message: Focus on a website at a time!


    3. Set your goals!

    Goals are very important. They give you an answer to "where are you heading?". If you don't set your goals in the beginning you will have a lot harder job.
    I didn't set my goals right away This caused me 3 months of standing in one place.
    So come on and do it! Set solid, achievable and BIG goals.
    Like: "I would like to earn $200/month in a year." (This is one the most simple goals, setting financial goals)


    4. Think BIG!

    Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
    And always be prepared for the largest outcome.


    5. Read Warriorforum!


    Hope these modest tips will help you become the next big hit on the internet.

    Any questions or comments welcome.

    Have a nice day!
    Best Regards,
    Akos
    Hi Akos,

    The above mentioned points are absolutely truthful words (that we must agree)

    1. This is where everyone will try their best and then if they dont see immediate result, they gave up easily. However they should also think one important aspect is "Go Extra Mile" and there you will find your results. but most of us fail to do this. Ex. for a baby birth the mother should wait min 8 to 10 months, similarly put your efforts and the wait for the results it will be fruitful to your life.

    2. We loose our focus very easily because of the other distractions. Self Motivation is important aspect for your focus, a good examples are Scientist Albert Einstien, Great Alexander, many leaders. They all focused on their vision and they achieved their mission.

    3. Goal Setting is very important. it is like travelling without knowing the destination. we must set our goals and work towards acheiving the goals. it should be realistic. Not like reaching sky end. we should have two type of goal settings. 1. Short Term and 2. Long Term. all your short term goals are focused to reach long term goal.

    4. We must think always big, if you think smaller then there would not be any growth in terms of every aspects.

    5. Forums are biggest source of knowledge gain, financail growth, gain more authority, sharing each other, building relationship etc.

    The above mentioned points are completely my own thoughts and not intend to affect others.

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author AkosBlog
      Originally Posted by augustusrome17 View Post

      Hi Akos,

      The above mentioned points are absolutely truthful words (that we must agree)

      1. This is where everyone will try their best and then if they dont see immediate result, they gave up easily. However they should also think one important aspect is "Go Extra Mile" and there you will find your results. but most of us fail to do this. Ex. for a baby birth the mother should wait min 8 to 10 months, similarly put your efforts and the wait for the results it will be fruitful to your life.

      2. We loose our focus very easily because of the other distractions. Self Motivation is important aspect for your focus, a good examples are Scientist Albert Einstien, Great Alexander, many leaders. They all focused on their vision and they achieved their mission.

      3. Goal Setting is very important. it is like travelling without knowing the destination. we must set our goals and work towards acheiving the goals. it should be realistic. Not like reaching sky end. we should have two type of goal settings. 1. Short Term and 2. Long Term. all your short term goals are focused to reach long term goal.

      4. We must think always big, if you think smaller then there would not be any growth in terms of every aspects.

      5. Forums are biggest source of knowledge gain, financail growth, gain more authority, sharing each other, building relationship etc.

      The above mentioned points are completely my own thoughts and not intend to affect others.

      Thanks
      Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them! I have to agree with all of them, especially the examples you wrote down at "Focus"
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  • Profile picture of the author Cathy Z
    Thanks for reminding me not spend so much time on reading about others success, and to focus on building my own. It is so easy to get distracted with all the great information that is available. Need to focus on learning, then, appyling the information.
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Definitely having a no fail/quit attitude is key to your success online...Many beginning marketers after seeing no success choose to quit...IM is all about learning, failing, trial and error...I have tried to get some of my friends into IM after they saw the success I was having but it is definitely not for those who think they can make money their first week
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  • Profile picture of the author mstewart
    Thank you for your generous sharing of these useful tips.
    Setting goals and follow it persistently with is the way to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Don't forget to be persistent. And absolutely wanting something to achieve. Lots of willpower is essential for every entrepeneur!
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    • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
      If I had to pick just one thing from your list, it would definitely be participation in the WF. The simple truth is that joining the forum made all the difference for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Ya
    Originally Posted by AkosBlog View Post

    Hi all,

    Exactly one year I decided to start making money online with marketing, blogging and other things. I know that this is normal on WF, but still I think it is never boring to read success stories and step-by-step tuts.

    This is why I am here today... I will share you 5 things that I learned throughout these 12 months. Hope they will help you all a little bit.


    1. Never give up!

    Motivation is key to success. Don't loose hope. Sometimes things go wrong. This is normal. Like there is a Google Panda update and you drop few places or a website breaks a partnership with you or you get banned from AdSense. I had some very good and very bad momments as well.
    Don't worry if things are not that perfect as in your dreams, everything will get better soon.


    2. Focus Focus Focus!

    I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned last month.
    I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
    I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
    So my message: Focus on a website at a time!


    3. Set your goals!

    Goals are very important. They give you an answer to "where are you heading?". If you don't set your goals in the beginning you will have a lot harder job.
    I didn't set my goals right away This caused me 3 months of standing in one place.
    So come on and do it! Set solid, achievable and BIG goals.
    Like: "I would like to earn $200/month in a year." (This is one the most simple goals, setting financial goals)


    4. Think BIG!

    Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
    And always be prepared for the largest outcome.


    5. Read Warriorforum!


    Hope these modest tips will help you become the next big hit on the internet.

    Any questions or comments welcome.

    Have a nice day!
    Best Regards,
    Akos
    Thanks for sharing!. I think focus is the most important part, you have to find a method and stick with it until it works
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  • Profile picture of the author ionicallyenough
    I have learnt number 5 and I must stick to it
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    Originally Posted by AkosBlog View Post

    4. Think BIG!

    Be a maximalist! Don't be negative when thinking about the future...
    And always be prepared for the largest outcome.
    Akos
    I totally agree with your post, and certainly there are some excellent tips in there that we would all do better reminding ourselves of from time to time.

    My one cautionary warning, and I'm only saying this because I myself am guilty of it, is that there's a time and a place for thinking big and I don't think it's when you're first starting.

    Who knows, maybe this is just me that has this problem, but to me it's easy for me to get too wrapped up in 'Big' plans to the point where I lose sight of the baby steps it takes to reach something 'Big'.

    Of course, taken in context with the rest of your post it makes perfect sense, especially since you already listed Focus above this tip, which I 100% agree is a CRITICAL element to success, but I still think this warning is worth saying.

    Thinking big is great, but recognize that tomorrow won't be your 'Big' day, because it takes time, energy and effort to get to 'Big'.

    You shouldn't let monumental plans, even if they're feasible and definable, keep you from recognizing the importance of consistent work on your business. I know the OP knows this, I just wanted shed some clarification in the hopes that others will avoid my mistakes.

    It helps me to remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare; even when you're not moving as fast as you might want to be moving, rest assured that slow and steady is more than 95% of IMers will be able to do, EVER, with their business.

    Know where you want to go, then focus on putting one foot in front of the other until you get there.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    There is one rule I always follow: "Never give up".
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    2. Focus Focus Focus!

    I don't like people who make hundreds or thousands of micro-niche websites and they put big and annoying ad blocks on them and that is it... Then they just get a check from Google saying you earned $xxxx last month.
    I think this strategy is unsustainable. OK it might work for a few years or so, but not for decades.
    I focused on two websites in this year. One is a blog and one is a pioneer startup.
    So my message: Focus on a website at a time!
    This one is almost the most important thing. You need to stay focus, Internet is too big and you easily get lost. I write every single goal and not move to next one until finish it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    great tips! Thanks

    I find the "Focus" part particularly important
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  • Profile picture of the author JiuJitsuSweep
    great post op..and i too have been into IM for exactly 12 months almost to the very day and IMO #1 is the single most important tip for this type of income generating thing.

    never give up, no matter what , ever

    i have been doing IM for 1 year now and have not made any significant $$$$$ from it, but i have been enjoying the perks of it ( free stuff , buzz being generated in my niche, being talked about and looked at as a legit business ) and it gives me more motivation to work hard at it.


    "Success is only the byproduct of hard work"
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  • Profile picture of the author Phoenixfk
    Hey!
    I am exactly 145 days into internet marketing. One thing that has really kept me back from the success that i might have achieved by now is my fascination with new shiny products. That is why in the beginning of the month of December i decided to shut out everything else and just focus on building my site. Because in trying this and that, i have failed to do what is important for the growth of my site. In the two weeks that i have worked on my site i have earned 75% of what i have earned in the last three months. Cents but progress all the same.
    Felix.
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