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Hey everyone,

I'm new here, just recently signed up and been reading away on the forums

I'm really keen to get into IM because I have been given a good opportunity from someone close to me who runs a physical business, so hopefully I can do something with this online!

Sorry if I'm going about this wrong way but I just have a few questions and would appreciate any help:

1) The forums are a definitely overwhelming when starting out, there seems to be a lot to siphon through. Where is the best place to start with IM or what to start reading about first? Is there any resources I should use other than the forum?

2) I read briefly about the war room when I joined up here and quite interested. Any thoughts on it? Is it worth it?

Hopefully this is where my IM journey will begin
Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    You are very right the forums can be very overwhelming and give you an information overload. You have to pace yourself and start with the basics i.e. keyword research, affiliate products, etc. Even though it's easy to get overwhelmed, learning the ins and outs are necessary. Just don't bounce around and focus on one thing at a time.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      liindsay, believe me when I say there is a lot to learn before you can expect to have much success. However, there's no reason to try and learn EVERYTHING all at once. Focus on the approach you are taking and learn a piece of it at a time.

      Based on your post, it sounds like you are planning on doing some sort of ecommerce store or affiliate site for physical products. Here are the basic steps you'll want to take:
      1. Do keyword research. Since you already know the product type, you can strictly do keyword research within that niche. You want to find keyword phrases that get traffic, have good intent to buy and have a low-to-moderate amount of competition.
      2. Build your website. Focus on writing unique and useful content for your shoppers. Don't worry about incorporating the keyword research until after you've built the website for users. Make sure you use website software that is SEO-friendly and secure (i.e. BigCommerce or Zulu Cart).
      3. Launch your store. This step includes setting up google analytics, google webmaster tools, and getting your products into the big 3 free shopping portals.
      4. Focus on getting traffic. While you work towards getting some organic rankings in Google, you should try to find some good paid advertising opportunities that are profitable.
      5. Maximize your profits. Once you are getting good traffic and starting to make sales, it's time to focus on maximizing your profitability. There are many ways to do this, but the most important are: increasing your conversion rate, targeting additional keyword phrases & marketing to your existing customer list.
      Now I know this is a lot to take in, but as I said above, you need to just focus on 1 aspect of it at a time. For now, start off with learning how to do keyword research the right way & move on from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author NoviIM
    Hey Liinday, yes the war room is definitely worth is as it provides absolutely great resources for someone that is just starting out in IM.
    Definitely take it slowly and focus on one thing at a time. You could easily get overwhelmed if you try to do too many things at once

    Best of Luck to you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Morten V
      Welcome to WF! It's easy to get information overload so try to phase out what you don't need and focus on what you really need to learn.
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      • Profile picture of the author liindsay
        Thanks for replies, wow this forum moves quickly!

        Basically someone very close to me who runs a pretty successful physical business dealing with metalworks has offered me his products very cheap as an incentive for me to make some money.

        So looking at creating a website, to sell product under my brand name. Hopefully all business coming from my website.

        Any recommendations on what to start reading up on?

        edit: ok dave_hermansen you sort of read my mind while I was typing out my post lol! thanks for such an informative post
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    We'd love to have you in our community. The training is free and we have over 2,600 members that are focused on succeeding in ecommerce!
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      It is so easy for a new person coming into this to get completely overwhelmed and overloaded and then quickly lose interest. Slow down and learn slowly - learn about SEO, and keyword research. There is much to learn and it will take you time to get there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo90
    To me, there is so much to learn about all types of different IMing.

    Best advice, take it slowly, read around all the different types of marketing, get a fair understanding of each. Then, with whatever interests you the most from your initial research/reading, tie one down, and learn EVERYTHING about it. Then take action.

    Thats the process I used. I started reading these very forums about 12 months ago, joined 4 months ago. I started with a niche blog, and an eBook and sales page.

    Blog gets 100 or so visitors a day, had a good few commissions from the likes of CB and CJ so far, eBook has been an amazing success, considering I use NO affiliates, it's not on CB, I have done no SEO on the page, and it is my first written piece. But I had a plan, stuck to the plan, and it came off (and still continues to pay- 100 monthly purchases since release in December 2010).

    best of luck,

    Richard
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnm1141
    Find a niche with low competition with a some regular searches and than just get as much of traffic as you can.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lena
      Welcome!!!!! You've made a great choice to start here. Lots of info to digest. My recommendation is to build your site first and share your experience with others. This will help you to track your success!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Hey Lindsay, Welcome to the Warrior Forum! There are so many methods to make money online but the trick is to stick at something and keep doing it, you will get the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author NeilC
    Try not to get too caught up in all the hype surrounding the latest secret methods and all that stuff. Learn how to create a basic website and decide how you are going to get visitors to it to market your products or offers.

    As for what to start reading up on you might like to take a look at some of the free information and guides I provide on my website that should be helpful and feel free to get in touch while you're there or send me a PM on here when you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Welcome to the forum. Whatever you do, make sure you dont buy a ton of people's products. Look around the forums and ask questions. People are here to help.
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  • Profile picture of the author liindsay
    Thanks everyone.

    I've been having a look at Wordpress. Is it possible to use it for a business website which wouldn't be making use of its blog feature?
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    • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
      Originally Posted by liindsay View Post

      Thanks everyone.

      I've been having a look at Wordpress. Is it possible to use it for a business website which wouldn't be making use of its blog feature?
      Hi liindsay, welcome! Fellow Sydneysider too :p where bouts you located?

      Most definitely you can use Wordpress for a business website without using it's blog feature. There are a ton of templates out there online so best to find one that suits. Or if you want to get it done quicker, outsource as much as you can so you can focus on other aspects to your new venture

      Wish you the best!
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      • Profile picture of the author liindsay
        Originally Posted by Des Lau View Post

        Hi liindsay, welcome! Fellow Sydneysider too :p where bouts you located?

        Most definitely you can use Wordpress for a business website without using it's blog feature. There are a ton of templates out there online so best to find one that suits. Or if you want to get it done quicker, outsource as much as you can so you can focus on other aspects to your new venture

        Wish you the best!
        Ah cool thanks, I've had a look at themeforest.. Definitely some nice layouts there!

        I'm from out near Parra, what about you??

        Also, if I'm understanding this correctly, If I'm running a website which wont be relying on any real frequent unique content updates.. Then I'll have to look at other ways of bringing in traffic such as linking from other websites or offline/online advertising?
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        • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
          Originally Posted by liindsay View Post

          Ah cool thanks, I've had a look at themeforest.. Definitely some nice layouts there!

          I'm from out near Parra, what about you??

          Also, if I'm understanding this correctly, If I'm running a website which wont be relying on any real frequent unique content updates.. Then I'll have to look at other ways of bringing in traffic such as linking from other websites or offline/online advertising?
          Cool, I'm near Ryde

          Yes, there are literally hundreds of ways to bring in traffic, free, paid etc, though Google likes an update here and there on your site.
          You'll find it worthwhile if your site is SEO'ed, do a search on here and learn as much as you can. Remember, outsourcing will save you loads of time so don't be afraid to do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    Hey Lindsay!

    Welcome to the warrior forum. Just like you, I'm pretty new to the game also.

    Two things I advise you to keep in mind;

    1. Find a method that interests you and stick to it. Too many people keep jumping around from method to method without giving themselves enough time to get results.

    2. Yes, definitely purchase war room membership. It's one of the best investments I've made in my whole IM career.

    Good luck!

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  • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
    Welcome to WF, liindsay.

    This forum is overwhelming but extremely helpful - when first starting do yourself a favor and don't go crazy on buying other marketer's products promising to teach you how to make money. If you get started, before you know it you've spent a good amount of money on material you'll probably not even use.

    You can get plenty of information free on the forum - take a look around; browse and learn about the different ways you can make money on-line. Internet marketing is amazing; you will learn a lot here and you will meet a lot of good people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clandog
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    speaking about starting out, I need someone to create a KILLER wso sales page for me... if you can do it skype me at kangenwaterboy ASAP
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    • Profile picture of the author liindsay
      Originally Posted by siirkim15 View Post

      welcome dude and welcome to me too xD
      Welcome to you too!

      So far everyone has been so helpful, don't think I've ever come across a forum so welcoming and willing to help out.

      Most likely gonna join the war room in the next few days
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