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Because I'm underage (16), I'm looking for some fundamental skills to learn before I can make my own verified PayPal account and in short story - start getting payed.

So I would like to know the basic skills necessary for IM like photoshopping, article writing etc, that will help me in the future, as I start building my online business.

Also, I would appreciate some other tips for an underage newbie like me.

Hope this thread isn't too cliché.
#fundamental #newbie #skills #underage
  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    You'll need a bit of everything to be successful at IM. A bit of basic web knowledge, website creation, HTML and CSS are a must, ...

    Also focus on marketing strategies. You don't actually need paypal to start. AdSense pays via checks.
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    • Profile picture of the author BlackRob
      Originally Posted by Daniel Wilson View Post

      You'll need a bit of everything to be successful at IM. A bit of basic web knowledge, website creation, HTML and CSS are a must, ...

      Also focus on marketing strategies. You don't actually need paypal to start. AdSense pays via checks.
      Very true Daniel, I think so many people come into internet marketing now, and don't realise the various skills they need to learn, as you have outlined.

      The biggest skill you will need is to learn various marketing strategies, such as SEO, PPC, and others in order to succeed. Also, be prepared to work hard, and do not fall into the trap that internet marketing is easy, because it is a business like any other business, and you will need to put a lot of effort into it to make it work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    One of the best skills you can learn is how to generate traffic.

    No Traffic = No Money

    I suggest you study how

    1: to build basic sites (Wordpress seems to be the number on solution, although funnily enough I still do not use it).
    2: Make your sites visible by using good SEO
    3: Learn how to pick a niche or topic to work and monetise ... my personal preference is to build a business around a topic I actually know or am passionate about. So not just saying this because you are 16 (I might be) but you might do XBOX or specific XBOX games ... stuff you already know pretty well.
    4: Learn how to assess your competition before launching into something. No point trying to go after money in a market that is very saturated. Some of the best niches are in busy markets but you just hone in one a very specific topic.
    5: Work out how to monetise. Your own products are the most profitable but you can make a ton of paper selling other peoples stuff too.
    6: Get an education in list building - Qualified focussed lists are so valuable.

    Finally I would say avoid information overload and distractions. There are plenty of good people around on this forum that sell training to teach you all of the above. Just do a couple of these and then focuss.

    All the best and I hope you make some real money

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author GMD
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      Recognize opportunity.

      That's the most important skill you could ever learn. The rest is secondary.
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      • Profile picture of the author EstonianMarketer
        Thank you all for the answers!

        Got some good ideas on what to do next.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    There is many skills you'll need to succeed in this game but one I'd recommend is Copywriting. You'll use copywriting in all aspect of marketing whether it's:

    Sales pages
    squeeze pages
    writing emails
    JVing
    creating content

    It's something I use everyday.

    James Scholes
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    • Profile picture of the author kevinzeo
      If you have some money,outsource all the works.If not,that's hard to start your IM journey...Lots of things to learn,good luck.
      Come on !You can do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    There are three basic elements to selling online.
    • Words - Content and Sales Copy, Squeeze pages, email, etc.
    • Website - Webmaster skills - Graphics - Web Design
    • Traffic - Paid - SEO
    Each of these has many sub skills. I'm a competent writer and I love to write. I can do some Web and design stuff but sometimes struggle with it. And although I know quite a bit about driving traffic, it's a detail-oriented task and I really can't stand doing it.

    But that's me. In my opinion you need to decide which one you like (if you like doing something it usually means you have some intrinsic talent at it) and run with that. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author wildjohnny
    If you are serious about, don't just learn. You don't know what will you need to know, what skill, until it face you. So, take action. And you don't need paypal to start making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    I would say that the biggest skill you need to master is to take action. IM is work, and I don't know about you, but at that age I didn't really understand what the word 'work' meant. If you can learn to master your own time and control the actions that you take, fully and completely, you will be ahead of 99% of not just IMers, but everyone.

    Now, I understand that might not be quite the answer you're looking for...

    So from an actual skill stand point, I would recommend picking one area of expertise that you'd like to be really good at. For me, like travlinguy, it's writing. I pride myself on being a great writer, and my online business is built around content marketing. My web sites/graphics/marketing strategies probably aren't the greatest in the world, but because I can create content that people love and share I don't need to worry so much about that other stuff.

    And remember, to make a bunch of money online doesn't necessarily mean building websites, doing email marketing, paid traffic, whatever...There's actually quite a bit of money in freelancing, and if you can become really good at one thing then you can build a freelancing business around that skill.

    Remember - In the end, targeted expertise in one area trumps general knowledge in all areas. A brain surgeon makes more than your family physician.

    Kindly,
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    • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
      Originally Posted by stephenwaldo View Post

      For me, like travlinguy, it's writing. I pride myself on being a great writer, and my online business is built around content marketing. My web sites/graphics/marketing strategies probably aren't the greatest in the world, but because I can create content that people love and share I don't need to worry so much about that other stuff.

      And remember, to make a bunch of money online doesn't necessarily mean building websites, doing email marketing, paid traffic, whatever...There's actually quite a bit of money in freelancing, and if you can become really good at one thing then you can build a freelancing business around that skill.
      Bingo... that was what I was going to post, too.

      When I first started in IM, I read an amazing ebook (wish I could remember who wrote it) that advised readers to make a list of skills, resources, niche-specific knowledge, etc... everything you might be able to use.

      I wrote down everything from tech support (the job I worked at the time) to the forum I ran, graphic design I'd done to the fact that I liked writing.

      Eventually, I honed in on writing as the general area where I wanted to make an income. It took me several months to actually build up my income to a liveable point, but if you're living at home and don't have to pay rent or support your family, you have a definite advantage there.

      Remember, if you don't yet feel like you have skills, you can still go by interests and hobbies. Ever made avatars in Photoshop or created videos for YouTube? Those are also marketable skills, so put 'em on the list.

      Once you've got a general area you'd like to work within, you can work on developing your skills more and using them different ways (writing: writing articles for others, blogs for yourself, press releases for companies, PLR article packs, etc; graphic design: designing minisite templates, creating WSO thread images, selling signature design, creating PLR graphics packs, etc).
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcorvin
    Great question. As for the IM info...dig into this forum. There is a ton of info here. But what I work with my kids on the most is how to begin thinking like an investor and entrepreneur.

    Go to RichDad.com and start playing the online game Cash Flow...you will love it.

    Michael
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