If you could restart your IM career...

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...what would you do differently the 2nd time around?
#career #restart
  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    I'm doing that now actually...what I'm doing differently is researching a heck of a lot more...knowledge is power!
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Monroe
    If I could re-start, then I'd focus on and spend time building a list. If I were to do that when I had started, who knows how much more money I'd be making today. So in short - BUILD A LIST!
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  • Profile picture of the author thewizard
    That's right, the money is in the list. Focus should not be just to build, but to keep the subscribers by maintaining a relationship!
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  • Profile picture of the author jstaffordv
    Build a list as soon as possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahara Adhe
    I'll agree with the rest, I would spend less money and work on building a list more. I would also work on growing and ranking my own blog network from the very start.
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  • Profile picture of the author HairyPoppins
    I would be a lot less hesitant to piss my money away on useless WSOs and just take action instead of thinking what if.
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    • Profile picture of the author rrm
      Originally Posted by HairyPoppins View Post

      I would be a lot less hesitant to piss my money away on useless WSOs and just take action instead of thinking what if.
      So... you would be MORE LIKELY to "piss [your] money away on useless WSOs..."!?!

      Sorry, could not resist.

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  • Profile picture of the author russkampmann
    For me, inertia was my problem at the beginning. Had I been more aggressive at the outset, I would have been further along today. Education and lists are of course key, but actually doing something is helpful, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author faridaziz
    Buy generic exact match domain names - Wish I had done it back in the 1990's
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    And, to actually add something of value to this thread (which I did not in my previous answer), I would:

    1) Stop being so confused by a ton of information (information overload),

    2) Build a list sooner

    3) Take action WHILE I'M LEARNING instead of just learning without taking action.

    Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author WarriorAva
    I would focus on ONE thing and not jump around. I would quit making so many sites and just stick with one until it worked. Or I found something that worked.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    why ask "if you could restart you IM career?"

    you can... get up tomorrow and start doing it differently. there is no better time than right now to do what you should be doing.

    the mere question leads to dreaming and not doing. which for most people, was one of if not their biggest problem to begin with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I would have started a lot sooner than I did. That's about the only regret I have online.
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    • Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      I would have started a lot sooner than I did. That's about the only regret I have online.
      I 100% agree here. I wish I had simply quit my job and get started like 5 years earlier.
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  • Originally Posted by GoldPro View Post

    ...what would you do differently the 2nd time around?
    Ah great post. I actually just wrote something similar in another post which was about being a newbie. My advice to anyone starting out, and if I could start again would be to select one method of marketing, and one method of driving traffic and then learn everything you can about it until you master it.

    So decide if you want to market Amazon products, Clickbank products, do CPA stuff etc, and then drive traffic through SEO, PPC, Facebook.

    Once you have that worked out, it makes it much easier to see the big picture.
    Don't jump around and try something new and different every week. That's the mistake I made when I started out.
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    • Profile picture of the author nellterry
      Just started, so this is the first time around for me.

      Gonna work on building a list if I can ever find the time!
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      • Profile picture of the author pzone123
        I would have taken a PHP/CSS/Photoshop class in college instead of organic chemistry. It would have served me better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nino
    I actually have a lot of tips...but here goes 3 of them:

    Don't ever pause ! Because you can pause it and lose a lot of oportunities!

    And act on a plan from the begining. Make a short plan and finish it!

    Take constant action! and I mean action not refreshing ) - although I do it around 6 hours a day)
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  • Profile picture of the author AngelaLuo
    I think i am now just a beginner.learned a lot from you guys experience.lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
    Ditto: Build a list!

    Also, create my own products rather than writing ebooks for others.

    My favourite saying is "Never mistake activity for accomplishment", so make everything you do one step nearer to actually achieving something. (of course, reading here on WF is always allowed...)

    Karen
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  • Profile picture of the author agc
    Originally Posted by GoldPro View Post

    ...what would you do differently the 2nd time around?
    Easy.

    No BS spammy $2 WSO's for SEO, for Backlinks, for Forum Links, for Press Releases, or for anything else.

    It's tough to resist the siren song of SEO, Content, and Traffic for cheap..... BUT.....

    That poorly written (or even worse poorly spun) sh.., er, crap lives forever and will haunt you until your dying days.
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  • Profile picture of the author IamTJM
    I would split test sooner as I was giving up a lot of profits by not optimizing campaigns
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I wouldn't spend a cent for courses that promise the moon, I'd come to this forum and join the War Room sooner.

    And I would not do anything else but build a list to begin with.

    Going straight to list building would've save me a lot of wasted time, money and effort.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      The question assumes that, in starting over, I would have the experiences and perspectives that I have now. Which makes it both easy and hard to give a good answer.

      Lots of the stuff people have already mentioned.

      One lesson, though, would have served me very well. I don't remember where I picked up the phrasing, but...

      "Keep your words soft and sweet, because someday you may have to eat them."

      It's okay to part ways with someone, but don't burn bridges you don't have to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Bronson
    Less time learning, more time doing.

    I'd hire a mentor earlier, and learn to track exactly how much time was spent on certain activities and determine if they were producing a profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldentan
    I am still on my first venture lol...
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  • Profile picture of the author networkersmagnet
    I Will Choose a Topic, ant Stick to It...

    1) Learning + Action

    2) build a List and aim at 50% retention Rate (I already working at it)_

    Note: The Year Is ending and Actually a Good Business man Should be Checking back at His Failures and Success to Make Proper Amendments and Adjustment where Needed...

    So Instead of Saying What You Will Doing, Start Doing It Or Rather Map Out A Clear Action Plan and Make it Happen...
    * It will be profitable to take a few days (2 or 3) to Get a Proper Plan and
    For Me I will get my year sectioned into 4 (3 Months and do Proper analysis at each phase..._)

    Action is key: But i won't stop learning New things and also
    Make Sure I impart and Cary people along (Sharing My Strategies with Others: It's another Way to learn "when You are questioned about Your Strategies")

    Vicky Durel
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  • Profile picture of the author thinkdevoid
    I wouldn't have hesitated for the first few months, wasting away and purchasing as many tools as I did.

    I would continue to read new guides every day while taking action and learning from my mistakes, rather than try to conservatively build up my link campaigns. I reached a breaking point and just told myself to forget about the site; I then create a giant campaign for my main keyword (one that I would normally never do because I'd be afraid of being sandboxed) and it jumped 14 positions to #2.

    It's now position 1 and staying strong.
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    • Profile picture of the author GoldPro
      Originally Posted by AlexDoerian View Post

      Outsource.....all the way
      But what if you have no funds to outsource?
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneySavingLisa
    Hmm.. knowing IM in the first place LOL!

    In reality I started my current blog without IM in mind. It was just a blog I wanted to create. If I would have known more about IM and keywords and the like.. I would have looked for a more suitable domain name or atleast used the money I had and use it for quality backlinks to build certain keywords. Lesson learned, so I'll do that now.
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