Should i pursue Internet Marketing?

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Hello everyone, I am newbie to the whole IM world. I have been reading ebooks and pointers given by various people in the forums.They helped me a lot . Thank you guys !! This is a wonderful forum .

So, I started with squidoo and hubpages because I just want to learn the basics and digest the whole process by which IM works before actually starting a website. I wrote 3 lenses on squidoo and two of them went up to tier 3 with a good ranking ( I wrote them last week. Its quite a surprise to me that my lenses are doing well. I thought it would take something like 3-4 months to get into tier 3 ).

I also started doing some gigs on fiverr to make some spare cash. And I am getting good gig offers there and it seems to be a potential earning site for me, if i start considering it more seriously.

So, I am in a dilemma whether to pursue IM seriously or stick to Fiverr. I love writing on squidoo, interacting with other people there, writing for the article directories to create back links. I enjoy all the creative part of it.

But me being a college student, I can only dedicate ,say, 4 hours a day for my online job.

Let me tell you that I am in necessity for cash to pay off my study loan and for other things.

So, please advise me .So should i do both of them or just stick to fiverr for a while? I am so confused.!
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  • Profile picture of the author buffyslayer
    I agree but there are othere things to consider too.While it is something I enjoy doing, money is also important,right? I have some financial needs to meet, so that makes me wonder if the efforts "always" payoff in IM . I would be happy if they do. Because, I dont want to regret later that I made a bad decision spending time on something which wasn't productive to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author buffyslayer
    I sound too materialistic at this point lol
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  • Profile picture of the author mnov5534
    Hey if you're only starting out and already getting Squidoo lenses to rank then you're doing something right!

    I reckon you need to keep at it. As long as you enjoy what you're doing then your dedication will translate into income!
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  • Profile picture of the author slcroft
    If you want to get serious, then yes, you could probably do with spending more than 4 hours per day, to get started with anyway, that doesn't mean to say that it can't be done.

    What are you doing with your squidoo and hubpages, are you using them to build links to another site or offer? If you are getting ranked well then you must also be receiving a decent amount of traffic. Many people use squidoo for product reviews (both digital and physical) and link them either directly or to a blog, this is a potential avenue to go down.

    You also obviously enjoy writing and if you are getting good reviews from fiverr, why stick to to that, why not write a bunch of articles on a particular subject and put them on elance or somewhere similar (even here on Warrior), or even advertise your article writing services, many people make a lucrative living this way (though obviously don't take on more than you can do in your spare time). Just takes a little research depending upon the topics.

    You've made a good start and obviously have a talent.

    Good luck and keep it up.

    Simon
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  • Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    I can only dedicate ,say, 4 hours a day for my online job.
    This is more than enough time if you are working smart. Allocate tasks for each of those hours, and then focus on completing them. You'll be amazed what you've achieved at the end of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxBounty
    I definitely think that it's worth pursuing - you have online experience, time to dedicate to your efforts, and aren't afraid of working hard.

    Set yourself a goal and timeframe to reach your goal. If you are finding that you aren't having success, you can always go back to what you were doing previously.

    No harm in trying!
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  • Profile picture of the author gpb
    Don't, more room for us. ;-) Just kidding, go for it! Much better than a 9-5.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    But me being a college student, I can only dedicate ,say, 4 hours a day for my online job.
    Exactly the position I was in when I started, just over 3 years ago. It can be done.

    Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    Hello everyone, I am newbie to the whole IM world. I have been reading ebooks and pointers given by various people in the forums.They helped me a lot . Thank you guys !! This is a wonderful forum .

    So, I started with squidoo and hubpages
    If you've been reading the e-books and pointers given by various people in forums, and they led you to starting off unnecessarily with sites you can never own or control, when there are so many better, more secure, equally free alternatives available, then the skill you most need to acquire is the judgement to distinguish between good and bad advice.

    Unfortunately, it's not an easy skill to acquire at all (it took me many months), but it is the most important thing you can learn.

    Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    I just want to learn the basics and digest the whole process by which IM works before actually starting a website.
    That's mistaken and misguided reasoning.

    The way to learn the basics and digest "the whole process by which IM works" (I haven't done that, yet!!) is by creating pages you yourself own and control, not pages on sites that belong to other people.

    It's no more difficult, time-consuming or expensive (i.e. it's free, if you want it to be!). Just much more secure, far-sighted and desirable.

    Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    I wrote 3 lenses on squidoo and two of them went up to tier 3 with a good ranking ( I wrote them last week. Its quite a surprise to me that my lenses are doing well. I thought it would take something like 3-4 months to get into tier 3 ).
    It doesn't matter how long it takes, because they're not your pages anyway.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-website.html

    Originally Posted by buffyslayer View Post

    I am in a dilemma whether to pursue IM seriously or stick to Fiverr.
    Fiverr is part of IM, not something different.

    Marketing and selling services is one of the many business models of internet marketing.

    If you can provide a worthwhile service which will people will buy, and either re-order or recommend to others, Fiverr is perhaps not the ideal site on which to market it (or at least, not the ideal only site on which to market it), but there are 15 or 20 other, similar sites, almost all of them with slightly higher and/or more flexible pricing policies than Fiverr, which might help you. Do a search for "Fiverr alternatives" and you'll find all sorts of interesting things.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Exactly the position I was in when I started, just over 3 years ago. It can be done.



      If you've been reading the e-books and pointers given by various people in forums, and they led you to starting off unnecessarily with sites you can never own or control, when there are so many better, more secure, equally free alternatives available, then the skill you most need to acquire is the judgement to distinguish between good and bad advice.

      Unfortunately, it's not an easy skill to acquire at all (it took me many months), but it is the most important thing you can learn.






      That's mistaken and misguided reasoning.

      The way to learn the basics and digest "the whole process by which IM works" (I haven't done that, yet!!) is by creating pages you yourself own and control, not pages on sites that belong to other people.

      It's no more difficult, time-consuming or expensive (i.e. it's free, if you want it to be!). Just much more secure, far-sighted and desirable.



      It doesn't matter how long it takes, because they're not your pages anyway.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-website.html



      Fiverr is part of IM, not something different.

      Marketing and selling services is one of the many business models of internet marketing.

      If you can provide a worthwhile service which will people will buy, and either re-order or recommend to others, Fiverr is perhaps not the ideal site on which to market it (or at least, not the ideal only site on which to market it), but there are 15 or 20 other, similar sites, almost all of them with slightly higher and/or more flexible pricing policies than Fiverr, which might help you. Do a search for "Fiverr alternatives" and you'll find all sorts of interesting things.

      Pretty much Yep, in one single post!!
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  • Profile picture of the author HBurner
    You can try to get into affiliate marketing and also learn some basic on-page and off-page SEO tools and offer your services at freelance marketplace websites also in addition to fiverr. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeitSchenk
    yup, as Alexa says: you learn so much more by creating ONE single web property over which you have full control than by 'learning everything first' and then starting to build.

    But, before you build one property, ask yourself: "what is my overall business strategy with this thing?".

    If you have a strategy in place, you can fill the wholes with individual tactics, but if you don't know which holes to fill, anything that looks like it's great for "making money oneline" will look appealing, and you find yourself jumping from tactic to tactic, instead of building a business.

    Hence my advice to anyone new to this: start with something where you have a strong frame of reference (Internet marketing or marketing in general is probably new to you, so you have no existing frame of reference there. If you now add the (IMO) idiotic advice, that you can make money in any niche, then you have no frame of reference at all, and you'll be hitting obstacles left, right and centre.

    But, if instead you really know your topic, even if it's as silly as "growing giant pumpkins" (which I still want to do, just to piss off the neighbours), you can then quickly find out what works and what doesn't, meaning you figure out how marketing works (thus building up your frame of reference).

    Most people spend their entire non-money making IM careers building a frame of reference by learning yet another tactic, instead of getting down to it.

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  • Profile picture of the author buffyslayer
    @ Alexa : Thank you for the advice. Seriously, the only way to learn things is to actually go out there and work .
    @ all : Thank you guys for the tips and for giving me ideas and making me think in all directions. I think I am going to open my own website soon and use squidoo and hubpages for backlinking. And also do the freelance. I guess, I should start prioritizing my goals - long term and short term and allocate time and effort like wise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mosa
    Even though you're getting many ideas FOCUS on ONE idea and put all other ideas aside. Become an expert in one area so you don't make the mistake that 95% of internet marketers make. Most newbie internet marketers try to learn everything all at once...don't do this. Focus on one and take action on that one thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    You may also consider putting your services right here on the WF under Warriors for Hire, in addition to, or instead of, fiverr.
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