Now you probably know that there has to be a way to make money online.
You are bombarded with emails, push button solution to problems, and often a lot of trash info.
The first thing you will have to take control of in your quest, is your brain. Many people hear me say that I suffer from "Chaos Brain." My problem is really where I want to work on about 50 different ideas all at one time. What happens is that none of them get completed, or it takes forever to get 1 of the 50 completed. That is a bad thing... I fight to control it daily. If you are suffering from this as well... which I bet many are. You need to control it and harness all the focus you can on one goal at a time.
Many people suffer from this. They feel as if they must know the entire time line of what they are going to do before they do it. They almost feel like they have to know if it will be successful before they just do it!
You will fail miserably if you don't find a way to control that. There is no "Sure Thing" but death and taxes.
Another issue of analysis paralysis is having to know everything about something before you start. Once you realize that it is virtually impossible for you to know everything before you take any action... the more successful you will be.
I don't care if it is a product I have made or someone else... You won't be successful with it. There just isn't a quick solution to your issue.
What I mean by this is simple:
If the rent is do next week forget about your Internet Marketing dreams for now. That sounds cold right? But a real business doesn't turn a profit that quickly. Some people will disagree with this. However, those people probably don't have a real business plan in place. They are probably just making it from one WSO or produt to the next. The ones that are really out there "Doing it" will agree.
Yes, you could make yourself 10k this month by doing something a little in the wrong... like many of the "fake it til they make it people." But all you are doing is putting a band-aid on a open wound. The fact is, it will not last.
There are a lot of great marketers on the Warrior Forum and other forums/blogs. But there are many that would die if Allen one day said, "I'm not having a WSO section anymore." Do you you know how many people would hit poverty level in a month in there? You have to have a plan "B,C,D,E,F."
Yes I make WSOs, and also did so with a business partner at one time as well. We were successful online, offline, but it went beyond the WSO section. The Warrior Forum is great, but it is just a teeny tiny fraction of the overall internet space you have access to.
A business partner however, is a great way to get moving. You are able to push each other and get things done. You may one day do like we did, and go different directions. But it is a great way to get started on the right path.
THERE IS ENOUGH FREE KNOWLEDGE
What you should use the Warrior Forum and other places for is knowledge. You can begin to make money online without buying a product.
The kind of products you should be looking for are things that help you scale your small success. Not so much the: "10k a month like clockwork!" offers.
Do I buy some of the WSOs, clickbank, etc... offers out there? Yeah I buy every one that I recommend to people. Most of these offers are mainly tools, themes, plugins, etc... Things that help people scale on a success they already have going for them.
When you have a small success you can scale it. You can also buy those $10k,$20k,$50k, a month products and take a look at them. While they are often exaggerated they can contain some useful information you can apply to your current success.
But don't do it when you are just starting out. You more than likely have not accumulated enough knowledge to make a valid opinion. That opinion being on whether what you just bought really has any merit for the claims being made. Also enough knowledge to actually act upon what you just read.
A good friend of mine I grew up with recently was like: "Dude, how do you make more than me?"
He has about 7 years of college in him...
What I told him was that it was a hell of a lot of trial and error over the years. That trial and error gained me knowledge. But also made it so I didn't consider myself really successful until I was in my 30s. He was already successful long before that. I just passed him by later. The only reason I did that wasn't because I was more intelligent then him. The reason was that I gained a lot of knowledge being a hermit in front of a computer for too many years. Testing, testing, testing, and trying new things.
Also working for yourself there are no limits. You can almost never become rich working for someone else. But often you can utilize what you learned working for someone else in other aspects of your own business.
Heck I owned a retail computer business that was successful. This was back around 1996. You know what happened the first year it was open though? I filed bankruptcy! I had no friggin clue what I was doing from a business stand point. I turned that all around the next year... but the first year was brutal.
I always look back on the mistakes I made during that first year though. I was about ready to jump out of my little apartment window.
So I am not going to dwell on what led me to where I am today in this post. What I am trying to say is a lot of things changed my direction, and my perspective, etc... I gained a lot of knowledge from doing various things. There is no shortcut to gaining overall knowledge. Most of it comes from trying something new!
You just have to discover if you have the drive to be successful.
If you don't know how to setup a wordpress blog, don't expect some product to tell you how. Go look in Google and YouTube, and this very forum. All you need to know how to setup wordpress, plugins, themes, is easily found for free.
Do you know how many times my support ticket system has been cluttered with, "I don't know how to install a plugin,theme,wordpress?"
You know what my answer is? Search it in Google or take a look at YouTube because there is more information there then I could possibly give you on the subject.
Some people would say... That isn't good support for your customers! Yes it is... because if they don't have the ambition to find those answers, they won't succeed anyway. I would rather refund them and call it a day. The product is a waste of their time, and my time supporting it for them. This also sounds cold... but it is the way I feel about it.
The funny thing is, I have been thanked numerous times for explaining it somewhat like this to them.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
Many people have different goals. Not everyone is out to make a million dollars online. Many people just want to supplement their income. If you just want to make an extra $100 - $2k a month online. Then you definitely do not need a, "How to make money online" product to accomplish that.
Many people like the security they feel in the job they currently have. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Because to be successful with many of the things we all do here, it takes multiple streams. Which in turn takes more time than many people can commit to.
So once you figure out what your goals are. You will more than likely be able to buy products more wisely. Which in the case above would definitely be things like tools to make work faster for you. You are already working a full time job. You don't really need to be sitting there testing some Make Money Online strategy and pulling your hair out in the limited time you have. What you need to be doing is focusing on something you already had a success with. Once you reach your income goal, then go play with other ideas. Eventually you may want to quit your day job... who knows?
WHATEVER YOU DO, TREAT IT AS A BUSINESS
Do you know how many "offline" products I have purchased that never mention:
- Get a business name. (Business license form your county clerk, or a corp, LLC, S-Corp, C-corp, etc...)
- Get a business checking account
- Get an accountant (unless you want to pull what is left of your hair out)
Focus on one thing at a time. Don't opt into every mailing list in the world if it is going to take your focus away every time an email comes in. If that is what is happening (opt out). I don't care if it is my list or someone else. If you can't focus on getting one success going for you. Then do whatever it takes to stay focused.
Here is a big issue I see a lot of times. If you have found some free info on a way to make some cash online.
Then try it the way it was explained!
Do not try and morph it, change it, or tweak it until you have made it work the way it was explained. Or until you have decided it was a bunch of trash and doesn't work.
I've seen a lot of people that try something. However they try to do some of it the way they think it will work better. Then they don't have any success with it and blame it on the method or advice they were given.
Just like that family member we all have that knows everything. If you are that type of person... you either convince yourself that you don't know everything, or forget it.
In most cases you have no prior knowledge to base your assumptions for changes to the method. Really, that is all they are is assumptions. Once you have the method in place the way it was explained... monitor what happens. You will gain knowledge from this and the changes you make the next time won't be based on assumptions.
There are a lot of methods I and many others here have seen explained that we know right off the bat will work better making a change. But that is from experience of doing the crazy testing I and many others here have done. You aren't there yet... so follow the script. The method was free, so you only have a little bit of time to lose. Possibly a heck of a lot to gain!
Just like anywhere you put a bunch of people together there will be parrots. What I mean by this is people that speak of something tey really aren't sure of themselves, as it is truth and fact.
Don't believe it until you test it yourself. If you don't have time to test it don't bother agreeing with it. That just starts a chain reaction of "false fact."
We don't all want to waste our time with false facts do we?
BEWARE OF THE INSTANT CREDIBILITY
You will see many threads, blog posts, etc... That people use to set themselves up as an authority in some form or another. Beware of this, it can often be BEYOND misleading. Many times these people are just setting their selves up to suck cash in.
They try and gain a reputation as super knowledgeable and then "BAM!" here comes the WSO, Clickbank product, etc...
So watch for those people. Try and determine what track record they really have.
I am done babbling... I babble a lot sometimes. :p