A Career In Internet Marketing

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Hey everyone, most of you probably don't know me yet, I'm Josh, and I'm new to the site, and am new to IM in general. I have recently become very interested in IM, and have been busy as a bee getting my fist niche ready and getting off the ground at ezine. I currently have my first 5 articles live, and I have written 30 more almost that are waiting for my platinum upgrade for submission.

I have been attending a university for a degree in the audio recording industry and am near graduation. Up till this point (and I'm 21) I have never had a real clear cut idea of my career (even while at the university), but I have always wanted to work freelance.

I have recently figured out what I think I really want to do as a career. I would like to get really good at IM (currently taking the IM Bootcamp from Jeremy) to the point where it can be my main source of income. I am also starting up an article writing service of my own so that I can get some extra work. When I graduate from college, I really would like to work freelance as an audio engineer recording smaller local level bands (I will be setting up a home studio eventually).

So far I have really been enjoying IM and am learning a lot. I like the fact that it gives me the opportunity to research and learn about things that I would have never been interested in before.

What do you guys think? Does this sound like a realistic goal?
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  • Profile picture of the author bizcorp
    Yes it does sound like a realistic goal. With IM you won't get really rich (in most cases), so taking it as a part time activity rather than a full time job may be the best option. I hope it becomes your main source of income for you. But remember, it takes time and results aren't instantaneous - IM is not a get rich quick idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexKaplo
      Originally Posted by bizcorp View Post

      Yes it does sound like a realistic goal. With IM you won't get really rich (in most cases), so taking it as a part time activity rather than a full time job may be the best option. I hope it becomes your main source of income for you. But remember, it takes time and results aren't instantaneous - IM is not a get rich quick idea.
      How can you even say that? Treat any business like a business and not a hobby and it will grow and exponentially fast and so will the incomes you start generating.

      I'm sorry, I truly despise when newbies come here and they are mislead from the very beginning.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    Hi Josh, it sounds like you're a man with a plan. Have you thought about a way to combine your degree with IM, such as podcasting or helping others to create audiobooks?
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  • Profile picture of the author Hanuka
    I wouldn't call IM a "career", more like "something you do to get money".
    Jobs are never fun xD
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  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    You can definately make a really good, full-time living online especially since you have specialized knowledge in something. Find a way to help people using your audio skills online and become the expert. Audio is a great market for affiliate marketing, creating your own products, training and coaching. Just break the audio market down into smaller niches and choose one of them and focus on it.

    Good luck and great success,
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  • Profile picture of the author vlabroo
    Glad you like it. That is a good sign and one of the keys to success on the internet and elsewhere. Good luck.

    Virender
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
    The general rule for succeeding is work smart, hard, consistently and be the best in the your field. Im too aiming for IM to be my way out, its Day 21 for me
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  • Profile picture of the author kierov
    Well as for me, even if i am earning good income from IM, i would still keep my job. I'm not like those who spend hours in front of their PC....I think..LOL. Anyway, start this as a part time and get a job at any place. MCDonald, KFC or something.
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  • Profile picture of the author joyfulwraps
    Hi Josh

    The key to making money online is to apply your skills and knowledge in a manner that will benefit others. Make helping others your goal and the money will follow.

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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    Why not--go for it. But keep it all in balance.

    In other words, don't buy an IM course with your rent money, make sure you have a stable income from another source while you are learning and deciding, and keep learning every day.

    Consider specializing and applying your newly learned skills from school to IM or your niches or whatever. You will be ahead of the pack in that specialized area if you can refine your work. If you don't know exactly what your strengths are, work for someone else in the corporate world for a bit and do IM part time.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author philbowman
      Hey, good luck Josh, sounds like you have a workable plan to follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshfromwid
    Thanks so much for everyones encouraging replies! I woke up this morning to find out my macbook had totally crashed, so I lost everything, and am in the processes of trying to recover it all, lol, it's been a good morning.

    Anyway, I appreciate everyones replies, thanks a bunch! Hope you guys are becoming very successful at this as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author keithdougherty
    You can absolutely make a great living with IM. The key is to focus on a certain aspect of IM until you have it mastered. Then as time goes on become a master of other forms. I mean you could focus on article marketing, blogging, being an affiliate, there are many different ways to make money. If you dive in you have suffer from information overload and never make a dime. The key to being successful with IM is to focus and be consistent. You can make a great living, just stay the course.
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  • Profile picture of the author g00db0y
    It's possible bro, just take it one step at a time, otherwise you'll get yourself burnt out. Welcome aboard.
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  • Profile picture of the author g00db0y
    And also always stay focused on what you're doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author cow194234
    Be prepared to fail. I don't want to sound like a downer but I do not think people say this to newbies enough. If this is really what you want to pursue, just like any job be prepared to make mistakes and to pay for them.

    Sure most of the posts in this thread are positive and I do accept that everyone is different some people will make sales and money their first weeks while others will not make any for years.

    Just know that it takes mistakes to learn. Always remember No one product is going to make you the next IM god. I know most will have you believe that but it simply is not true. Take your time pick a type of IM that you like such as affiliate marketing, PPC, etc.

    The real bottom line is only a small percent excel at a few of these IM ideas, and honestly I don't think anyone no matter what they tell you excels at every available IM idea online.

    Honestly from my own experience and looking back. I have learned so much more from my own trial and errors then anyone could have told me on these forums and through expensive products.

    I do wish you good luck and if you really want to succeed understand there really is no easy button, and like anything in life work at this and I am sure you will see results. That is the only truth that is ultimate, if you work at something you will see results.
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    • Profile picture of the author JonathanBoettcher
      Originally Posted by cow194234 View Post

      Be prepared to fail. I don't want to sound like a downer but I do not think people say this to newbies enough. If this is really what you want to pursue, just like any job be prepared to make mistakes and to pay for them.

      Sure most of the posts in this thread are positive and I do accept that everyone is different some people will make sales and money their first weeks while others will not make any for years.

      Just know that it takes mistakes to learn. Always remember No one product is going to make you the next IM god. I know most will have you believe that but it simply is not true. Take your time pick a type of IM that you like such as affiliate marketing, PPC, etc.

      The real bottom line is only a small percent excel at a few of these IM ideas, and honestly I don't think anyone no matter what they tell you excels at every available IM idea online.

      Honestly from my own experience and looking back. I have learned so much more from my own trial and errors then anyone could have told me on these forums and through expensive products.

      I do wish you good luck and if you really want to succeed understand there really is no easy button, and like anything in life work at this and I am sure you will see results. That is the only truth that is ultimate, if you work at something you will see results.
      I would add to that, that the more you fail, the more you will succeed.

      It's the law of averages - flip a penny enough times and YOU WILL GET a certain number of heads AND tails....

      Good luck though - its definitely a doable goal!
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    Are you serious? Josh, you are on the right path and don't even know it yet. As you can see with YouTube and Google Video, the new wave of internet marketing is audio. Next is video.

    My advise to you would be to learn all you can in school and apply what you've learned in your internet marketing efforts. You can even put out a WSO to help others implement audio to their websites. The possibilities are endless. Since you're learning audio, you might also want to add video in your bag of tools.

    Good luck with your endeavors. You should progress nicely.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshfromwid
    Hey everyone,

    I just wanted to maybe give everyone a little bit of encouraging and motivating words. As most of you know by this thread, I am very new to IM, and have only been involved with it for a little over a month and a half now. When I started, I took Jeremy Kelsalls Bootcamp, and had great results with it.

    Just this month alone, from the 6th until now (the 28th), I have made just a little bit over $1000. Almost all of it has come from writing articles, as I have started my own article writing business, but even still, this is WAY more than I had set to make this first month. I would also like to mention that I have not had to write THAT many articles to get to this amount, I've probably written somewhere between 75-115 articles this month.

    I am very pleased with the results, and am extremely happy with the work I am doing. I love it!

    I would just like to say that if you have the desire to make money in the business, it's there, in whatever form you choose to go about collecting it!

    Thank you all SO much for your kind and motivated words in this thread! Now go make some more money!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adaptive
    Hi Josh,

    According to news reports, there may not be an audio recording industry left when you graduate! What kind of career advice are you getting at school?

    Do you have video expertise as well as audio?

    Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author joshfromwid
    Allen,

    I know what you mean, that's why I'm here, haha. I got kind of worried about the situation, so I found IM to be my backup, and I must say I'm quite pleased with the results.

    The university says we will be able to get a job right after graduation, but I'm not buying it, they just want their money.

    Yes, I have video experience. I'm running Final Cut Pro on my Mac, as well as Logic Studio.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane F
      Welcome Josh. Congrats on your early success.

      You should consider writing an e-book on how to get into the recording industry. Sounds like something you have a good inside knowledge of and is probably a good niche.

      Keep up the hard work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adaptive
    I know what you mean, that's why I'm here, haha.
    The reason I asked is that I got a communications degree and got the same kind of vague handwaving dismissal of career development questions. The overall theme was: you'll be fine, don't worry about it, prepare to move to Nowhereseville and work the night shift for five years and then work your way up. The speaking and writing skills turned out to be useful every day in an unrelated career. I think you're very smart to look for a wider range of financial options for yourself even before graduation.

    Yes, I have video experience. I'm running Final Cut Pro on my Mac, as well as Logic Studio.
    Just look at all the threads here about YouTube, Camtasia and video marketing. After a week of research, you could probably come up with your own WSO related to an outsourced video editing service specialized for the needs of internet marketers (hard hitting as opposed to artsy).

    Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author joshfromwid
    It's crazy right now, my school is accelerated, and gives me 40 hours between class and lab per week. I take probably at least another 30 hours per week to make money in IM. I think I'm going to stick with this after graduation, i don't want to relocate, and I love this work.

    Appreciate everyones advice = )

    Cheers,
    Josh

    P.S. Check out my thread (see sig) if you guys ever need some writing done.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    Hi Josh,

    Glad to you have already made a fortune with just a month or so in IM. Welcome to this world where competition is really tough. As far as I have assess you have already found yourself in the IM, and you will be doing good, and hopefully make a career over it. Good luck! = )
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    • Profile picture of the author edhan
      In any business, you have to be prepared for losses. I started in life working for company before venturing on my own since 1987. It took me 5 years before venturing on my own. At least I have got some good saving that can last for a few years so venturing will not be a harsh decision as the most I go back working for company should I not succeed.

      Till today, I am still working for myself and now fully devoted on IM for the last 2 years. You have to be prepared for the worst and learn to apply with ACTION. Only through taking ACTION then you will be successful. I know quite a handful of IM who will sit and wait.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark .W. James
    The key is to stick to it. You will succeed. Most people fall out for 2 reason

    1. they dont try hard enough
    2. they dont beleive a living can be made online

    Its not easy at first. But once you are on track, you will find IM to be the third in line to gambling and stealing when it comes to making easy money... and you will have a lot of time for yourself too.... which is exactly why i love this job
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