#1 Lesson Learned 2011

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I thought I'd start a thread where Warriors could come and post their most valuable lesson, or lessons that they have learned in 2011.

It could be related or non-related to your online business

But what would you say is the number #1 thing that 2011 has taught you that will have the greatest impact on your life moving forward?


Personally I am only 21 so I have much to learn
None the less, in 2011 I believe I learned more about myself than ever before. Who I really am as a person, and what I truly want to get out of life. With that has come a much more positive outlook on not just my business, but all facets of life. One of my goals going into 2012 is to continue improving on this new-found perspective!

Cheers!
Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Seth Bias
    Biggest lesson learned in 2011.


    The $ is in the List.


    Build it , take care of it , milk it for $
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    • Profile picture of the author kiwiviktor81
      I think my main lesson was that most websites out there are run by people who don't bother with or don't know anything about SEO, so it's good not to be discouraged by the competition in your niche. If you hang out here at WF you can learn what you need to dominate.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by sbias View Post

      Biggest lesson learned in 2011.


      The $ is in the List.


      Build it , take care of it , milk it for $
      smart man, you are light years ahead of other marketers.

      The bigger and more focused you are with helping your list, the more money will come to you.

      The money is in the list.

      The big money is in the relationship you have with that list.
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    • Never give up. Sounds like a lame cliche, but man it's so true. If you keep doing the same things and build on them and learn from your experience, you will eventually master them.
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  • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
    I learned that you can't base your potential earnings on what other people have or haven't made. The only way to see how it will work out for you is to put it out there, try your best, learn from your mistakes, and do it better next time.
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    • Profile picture of the author thewizard
      Key Lesson - Don't get caught up in information overload. Choose a program and stick to it. Put in the time and effort, and then worry about reaping the benefits. Most people think *money* money* and forget that this is a business and have to start small and develop.
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      • Profile picture of the author dblakeslee
        Originally Posted by thewizard View Post

        Key Lesson - Don't get caught up in information overload. Choose a program and stick to it. Put in the time and effort, and then worry about reaping the benefits. Most people think *money* money* and forget that this is a business and have to start small and develop.
        Let me second thewizard. I have struggled with this (WSO's don't help me focus).

        Find your one thing and do it well. That was the advice from Curly in the movie City Slickers (old reference, I know) - One Thing.

        Find it, work it, make it yours.

        Now if I could only follow this advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author winnerone
    I learned that it's dumb to focus social marketing efforts on just Facebook and Twitter, when there are hundreds of other social sites where people (prospects) gather.

    These smaller sites are often way easier to market in. Here are some examples of powerful marketing play grounds, other than the Big Two:

    LinkedIn
    Nearly 60% of LinkedIn users have high personal incomes and hold executive-level or consultant positions, Nov 10th, 2008, LinkedIn, Anderson Analytics. The average age is 41 years old. The average household income is $109,000; 76 percent of them have a college degree or a graduate degree. It’s pretty evenly split between men and women, slightly more men. Forty-eight percent are outside the United States.

    LiveJournal
    LiveJournal is almost 10 years old and has 1.9 million active users.

    MySpace
    MySpace is not old school, as you may have thought. It has more than 110 million monthly active users around the globe.

    Reunion
    Fifty Million Registered Members, and Growing. Adding 1.6 million+ members monthly (mostly adults), Nearly 1 million active paying subscribers.

    Second LIfe
    Second Life provides real time stats: Residents Logged-In During Last 30 Days: 985,92 (out of 16 million total registered).

    WeeWorld
    This virtual world/social network aimed at teens who also use IM has reported 25mm registered users, and 1million unique active visitors in last 30 days.

    Friendster
    15 million members worldwide. Ninety percent of its traffic coming from four countries – the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

    Hi5
    Sixty million reported users, and Hi5 has introduced a gaming component.

    Xing
    Xing has 6.5 million users, many of which have paid accounts.

    Yelp
    Yelp had 25 million daily uniques in August 2009 and have over 7 million reviews on the site to date.

    These are just a tiny example of the potential of social sites OTHER than Facebook and Twitter. Combine two or three of the above resources and watch your income quickly zoom.

    Regards,
    Brent Whinfield.
    The Video Trafficker.
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  • -Stick with one plan and don't be scared to ask questions and pay money for coaching and assistance. You wouldn't study to become a dentist without paying someone to help you, so why treat internet marketing differently.
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    • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
      Originally Posted by TBInternetMarketing View Post

      -Stick with one plan and don't be scared to ask questions and pay money for coaching and assistance. You wouldn't study to become a dentist without paying someone to help you, so why treat internet marketing differently.
      Good point. Many people are too afraid to speak up and ask questions. Once they finally do, they discover that this forum is full of people just itching to help out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Z
    I learned that the only way to really know is to dive in and do it and see what happens. Stop thinking about it and do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      Originally Posted by Bill_Z View Post

      I learned that the only way to really know is to dive in and do it and see what happens. Stop thinking about it and do it.
      I've had to really learn that myself. If I may I will say most theory is bull****. I totally get why Thomas Jefferson said to stop asking questions and go take action. You'll learn more about yourself and about the world through experiences then you will mentally masturbating about it all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Vraibel
    That list building is worth all of the hype and it's every bit as effective as it's cracked up to be. Even more important is your relationship with that list.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by B and B View Post

      That list building is worth all of the hype and it's every bit as effective as it's cracked up to be. Even more important is your relationship with that list.
      Yes and you can take that even further for next year.

      1) Create a big list of people for 2012

      2) Create and nurture an even bigger list of proven buyers and treat them like GOLD


      I dare you keep doing number #2 and see what happens

      Magical.....Just pure magic!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        Listen to my gut instinct

        ...and when I feel like letting down my guard to give an inch....

        listen to it again.
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    I learn how to build up relationship with the list...plenty more to learn~
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    I learned - never depend only on SEO traffic. Google can be very unpredictable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      Focus on one thing and one thing only until you hit your target.
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  • I Learned just one thought " Tough time never lasts, but tough people do. "
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Marketing in a tough economy is quite different to
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  • Profile picture of the author TheJustWarrior
    In 2011 I learned nothing, it was a blurr.

    I did however learn to water ski, its actually hilariously easy
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    even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there

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  • Profile picture of the author EricBaglio
    Don't focus all of your effort on one type of SEO. Diversify your linking strategies and don't count on one source of income either.
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    "TAKE ACTION" is the first thing everyone tells you and then they leave it at that. I'll add a second part: TRACK EVERYTHING" - It's the only way to ensure your ACTION leads to results.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
      We're really in the business of helping others improve their lives.
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      • Profile picture of the author nellterry
        That I've been doing things so very, very wrong.

        2012 will be great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Damielle
    My biggest lesson in 2011 was to take action, massive action. Its not enough to learn from eBooks, video courses etc. You have to go out and execute.

    And when you take action you need to put in 100% and stick with it, not give up and go searching for the next 'shiny button' in just a few days.

    In 2011 I took action, created my own product, added buyers to my list and of course made money online.

    I've still got much to learn, but I'm getting there.
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  • Profile picture of the author dollar cashflow
    i learned that you have got to do what is necessary to be done to get your goal actualised
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  • I learned that if you want to be massively successful give so much value that your competitors and friends think you're f***** crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadavs
    Biggest lesson in 2011: don't rely on one traffic source. EVER.

    nadavs
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  • Profile picture of the author frankraven
    lessons learn never ever trust on somebody els
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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    I learnt to value, improve and treasure my health - without good health, you won't be able to do any of the other things mentioned here, like make money ...
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    I learned to be more serious about my business as well as handling it professionally.

    I learned much more about productivity and focusing your time on the things that matters most.

    For me, It was good as well as bad year. Bad because nothing too much adventurous happened, but maybe next year I can have some adventure because the world is ending :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Video Rob
    Don't be a control freak. outsource and employ other people if you want to grow.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by FitnessNut View Post

    But what would you say is the number #1 thing that 2011 has taught you that will have the greatest impact on your life moving forward?
    It's not about you. It has never been about you. It is never going to be about you.

    It is entirely about your relationships with others. And let me be clear: it is not about who you know. It is about who knows you.

    We all know who Tony Robbins is. I've been in the same room with him, and shaken his hand, and even had short conversations with him. I've paid about $80,000 buying his products and going to his seminars and even doing the firewalking thing over the years. But if you walked up to Tony Robbins and said "hey, I was talking to Caliban Darklock the other day" he would say "Who?"

    That relationship doesn't matter. It might make me feel good about myself, or look good in some photo album, or sound good when I name-drop how "I was talking to Tony the other day." And for over a decade, it did, because that was the extent of my "prestige" business relationships.

    But while "I know Tony Robbins" might be more impressive to say out loud, I have been far more meaningfully affected by "George Sepich knows me," and "Dr. Ben Adkins knows me," and "Bond Halbert knows me," and "Colin Theriot knows me," and "Mike Carraway knows me." The average person on the street doesn't know those names. Hell, the average Warrior is unlikely to know more than half of them.

    Even at the peak of your popularity and success, it isn't really about you. It is still about who knows you. It's about them. It's always about them. Your idols, your coaches, your colleagues, your customers. The only reason you are anywhere is because they know who you are.

    So it's a pretty good idea to get that figured out before you go trying to get all famous and stuff. Know thyself.
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  • Profile picture of the author FloridaMark
    Originally Posted by FitnessNut View Post

    I thought I'd start a thread where Warriors could come and post their most valuable lesson, or lessons that they have learned in 2011.

    It could be related or non-related to your online business

    But what would you say is the number #1 thing that 2011 has taught you that will have the greatest impact on your life moving forward?


    Personally I am only 21 so I have much to learn
    None the less, in 2011 I believe I learned more about myself than ever before. Who I really am as a person, and what I truly want to get out of life. With that has come a much more positive outlook on not just my business, but all facets of life. One of my goals going into 2012 is to continue improving on this new-found perspective!

    Cheers!
    Chris
    I think a couple of things, both of which I'm sure many will agree... #1 The money IS in this list, but a list that you have a relationship with. 100 who TRUST you, is worth as much as 10,000 you have no connection with. #2 Many times, you can learn as much from a few $10 WSO's as you can from some 3K product. Learned this one the hard way.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    Some things are 1,000x more important than making money online.

    2011 was a great year for my business, so I have nothing to complain about in this matter.

    However, this year I realized how many friends I have lost along the last few years while I was concerned about building an empire on the internet.

    Ok, now I have a successful online business, I can drive a fancy car, drink expensive whiskies, travel to exotic places, hook up with many girls (I'm single )... and so what?

    Obviously, it would be hypocrisy to say that those things are not good. I really like them. However, they are like 40% of the whole thing. What money can't buy is the other 60%.

    I'm not a lonely guy who spends 10h a day in front of the computer, but I used to have more friends and life used to be a lot funnier when I was just a freelance web designer making a few hundred dollars a month.

    I'm young and it's not too late, so I have already called some of my old friends and things are slowly becoming as they were before, but I feel like I have lost some precious moments of my life while I was building my campaigns and making money.

    So, the most important lesson I learned this year is that we can't let this internet marketing thing becomes the core of our lives.

    And if you think it's stupidity... answer me:

    How much time have you been spending on this forum, reading blogs, creating websites and campaigns, reading ebooks, watching video courses, etc?

    I can bet that 80% of the guys reading this have been spending all their free time involved with internet marketing related things.

    So, an advice from someone who has reached their goals and is now a successful IMer: it's NOT worth it.

    The moments that you're losing with your friends and family are worth a lot more than the money you will ever make online!

    I'm not saying that you should give up on IM... On the contrary, IM is great and the lifestyle we can live when we have a successful internet business is wonderful. However, understand that it's something you have to pursue without sacrificing everything else.

    So, in the next year, pursue your goals online, but don't forget to live the life you have in the real world.


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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Brass
    2011 was the year that everything really took off for me. I've learned much about what I am passionate for and what I want to do with my life. I've flown around the world and back and I have some good knowledge of where I want to be in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author MMWoodward
    The #1 thing I learned this year is to just go for what I want. Many amazing things happened to me this year because I said, "Yeah, let's do it!" and actually followed through with it. It's unbelievable the experiences I've had and the amazing people I've met through that mentality this year. I'm going to carry that with me for the rest of my life and apply it to everything that I can!

    That mentality also helped a lot with my IM business. It allowed me to make mistakes and also experience success. Although some things are a bit scary to think about when starting them, I know that even a failed method will get me more invaluable knowledge about the business. In doing so, I learn even more and become further motivated to find the methods that will work best for me. I know that when I do find the methods that will work, then nothing will stop me!

    Let's do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Praveen Kumar
    I have learned one thing is "Not wait Take Action" i am moving to 17 in march 2012 , so i gonna build up a hungry list with my ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    I've learned a lot but I think one of the most important things is to set my goal and keep it in my mind and visualize the positive as much as possible instead of the negative.
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    • Profile picture of the author steppinonup
      Treating people right is always going to bring you value and focusing on a niche that you have passion in is going to take you higher cause your energy will last longer toward it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Monroe
    I learnt to "find a method that works and stick to it". Easier said than done, however hopping from product to product will not result in the so called "overnight riches".
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  • Profile picture of the author richrowley
    Have more than one egg in more than one basket!
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  • Profile picture of the author Drew Trainor
    Internet marketing consumes a hell of a lot more of your time than advertised.

    It's fun stuff though...just need to figure out the outsourcing thing.
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