1 Year Later: 10 Lessons Learned

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  • Profile picture of the author gary lee
    A great article for us newbies. I hope I get to your point one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    You read that in two minutes? That's 2700 words there. 22 words per second is hella fast :rolleyes:.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heath Allison
    Joe you are an inspiration, like most of us we can waste a lot of time in the learning process but in the end the only way to be successful is apply what we have learned and take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    Fantastic article you've got there Joe. An insipration. Like you, the start of IM career was no success story - so I can totally relate to that.

    I think I've said this to you before on the forum, but your writing style totally attracts me (not in a sexual way lol), if you ever wrote a book I would probably read it.


    P.S what are you eating in your avi? Been wondering since you put it up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by ryanmilligan View Post

      P.S what are you eating in your avi? Been wondering since you put it up.
      Brontosaurus leg, turkey leg, a baby. It's a total mystery .
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
        Simple... understandable... words. And simple... logical... sentences.

        But these senteces have SUBSTANCE. And... there is... a MAN behind that substance. A man with thoughts, feelings, pain and joy. A human. A man who is sincerely revealed.

        Joe, it is a rare occasion if someone at your age speaks of humility. If only others take your substance to their brain.

        Was a pleasure to read your confession.

        Wishing you more success,

        Sandor
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      Originally Posted by ryanmilligan View Post

      I think I've said this to you before on the forum, but your writing style totally attracts me (not in a sexual way lol), if you ever wrote a book I would probably read it.
      Definitely agree
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  • Profile picture of the author TorinoGray
    Holy Crap! You're 22?? You are wise beyond your years!!
    This article covered a lot more applicable business skills than I received with a Business degree!
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  • Profile picture of the author sanjon
    Joe, I am very Impressed..

    How the hell did you managed to write so much lol!!

    U should become a copywriter =))))))))))
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Sandor Verebi View Post

      Simple... understandable... words. And simple... logical... sentences.

      But these senteces have SUBSTANCE. And... there is... a MAN behind that substance. A man with thoughts, feelings, pain and joy. A human. A man who is sincerely revealed.

      Joe, it is a rare occasion if someone at your age speaks of humility. If only others take your substance to their brain.

      Was a pleasure to read your confession.

      Wishing you more success,

      Sandor
      I'm flattered, thank you. Glad to see that the lessons resonate with all age groups, too.

      Originally Posted by Adrian98 View Post

      I would say, this could be a nice blog post though! Well , quite motivating for me ! Indeed it is helpful in making our life pretty well!
      Blog post? How many blog posts go over 2k words? Most struggle to get over 500 :rolleyes:.

      Originally Posted by sanjon View Post

      U should become a copywriter =))))))))))
      Er...I am one.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
        Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

        I'm flattered, thank you. Glad to see that the lessons resonate with all age groups, too..
        Joe, age is not a merit, but just a state. It brings you into a situation, where you are able (at least when you are awake to think) to resonate with such lessons.

        Because you lived through similars or worse as well.

        If you look in the mirror, you should see these things.

        If you do not deceive yourself.

        Cheers,

        Sandor
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by Sandor Verebi View Post

          Joe, age is not a merit, but just a state. It brings you into a situation, where you are able (at least when you are awake to think) to resonate with such lessons.

          Because you lived through similars or worse as well.

          If you look in the mirror, you should see these things.

          If you do not deceive yourself.

          Cheers,

          Sandor
          I agree, I think lol. Got a little lost in the wording. I agree that age isn't typically an indicator of anything besides how long ago your parents made you . I do at the same time hope that my elders are wiser though, as theirs is the example I follow.
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          • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
            Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

            I agree, I think lol. Got a little lost in the wording. I agree that age isn't typically an indicator of anything besides how long ago your parents made you . I do at the same time hope that my elders are wiser though, as theirs is the example I follow.
            Joe,

            * Re. who follows who: Obviously, you are following your parents, because they are worthy to follow.

            * Re. wisdom: Generally, people say that as you are aging, you beeing wiser. How true is that? Others decide. They are outside from you, and seeing you from perpective. Are they impartial? That depends on several factors.

            I think, that wisdom may be like the light breeze, you feel its touch only, or you feel the odor it brings too. There are some who detect none.

            * Re. Wording: I'm sorry, if I caused some misunderstanding. I'm ready to make it clear, if you ask.

            Cheers,

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            • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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              Originally Posted by Sandor Verebi View Post

              Joe,

              * Re. who follows who: Obviously, you are following your parents, because they are worthy to follow.

              * Re. wisdom: Generally, people say that as you are aging, you beeing wiser. How true is that? Others decide. They are outside from you, and seeing you from perpective. Are they impartial? That depends on several factors.

              I think, that wisdom may be like the light breeze, you feel its touch only, or you feel the odor it brings too. There are some who detect none.

              * Re. Wording: I'm sorry, if I caused some misunderstanding. I'm ready to make it clear, if you ask.

              Cheers,

              Sandor
              Lol, I understand you pretty well now. You`re poetic...in a good way. I`ll have to confess though that it is not my parents I exemplify (but that`s another story for another time). Oh and Kim, I won`t consider myself a writer on your level until I can incorporate some naughty stuff into this lol.
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            • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
              Sandor, I agree and I as I've stated here before,
              Knowledge is knowing that the street in front of you is One Way.
              Wisdom is knowing too look both ways before crossing it!

              Joe,
              Inspiring story!

              Thanks
              Have a Great Day!
              Michael
              Originally Posted by Sandor Verebi View Post

              Joe,

              * Re. who follows who: Obviously, you are following your parents, because they are worthy to follow.

              * Re. wisdom: Generally, people say that as you are aging, you beeing wiser. How true is that? Others decide. They are outside from you, and seeing you from perpective. Are they impartial? That depends on several factors.

              I think, that wisdom may be like the light breeze, you feel its touch only, or you feel the odor it brings too. There are some who detect none.

              * Re. Wording: I'm sorry, if I caused some misunderstanding. I'm ready to make it clear, if you ask.

              Cheers,

              Sandor
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              • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
                Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

                Sandor, I agree and I as I've stated here before,
                Knowledge is knowing that the street in front of you is One Way.
                Wisdom is knowing too look both ways before crossing it!...
                Hi Michael,

                It's a great analogy that you did. It is worth to keep in mind for especially that human who wants to live on the other side yet.

                Thank you,

                Sandor
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                • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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                  Originally Posted by Dianzo View Post

                  Number seven is hard for me, still learning about it now.
                  I think I must change my mindset, "High Paying Keywords" is a MUST niche.
                  Well #7 wasn't talking about that kind of niche but let me see if I can offer some advice to you anyways: stop chasing the freaking keywords. I'm of the opinion that it leads to poor websites with poor content under some ridiculous exact match domain that is praying to please Googgle.

                  It's not way to run a business.

                  Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

                  Joe, I'm happy to see that you came back and added some pictures. However, I'm a little disturbed at seeing you refer to yourself in the third person. I'm starting to think this thread is going to your head.
                  Joe would never let anything go to Joe's head, especially when Joe talked about humility in the very same thread. He's way to smart for that .

                  Originally Posted by Marianne Gonne View Post

                  One of the things I always say to my fellow writers - no matter what level they're at - is to be a creative reader. When you happen upon good writing, pause to appreciate and dissect it. That's how you improve your own craft.
                  Real quick, thank you Marianne for the kind words . I'd like to highlight this point though to add to Larquini's question. Analyzing the writers and websites that you like to read is absolutely the best way to figure out the type of writing that gets read online. All you have to do is find a way to emulate it yourself.

                  When you put your own twist on writing styles that you already like, your writing quality jumps pretty darn quickly.
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                  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
                    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

                    I agree with you pretty much, and the point of view I portray is definitely a philosophical one and not something that should be taken as fact. However, some of us are wired to always strive for more, to expect more. The only ending is when you die (and who knows if that is guaranteed), there is always room for improvement. I was raised that way, and I portray and advocate the point of view because I don't know anything else..
                    At 22 I was the same way. I couldn't envision ever wanting to slow down or change course, or ever stop striving.

                    A few decades later, I can not only envision it, it's starting to look pretty good. So I'm restructuring what I'm doing to be less dependent on me as the brand, and more of a salable asset when the day comes that I decide to pull the trigger.

                    Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

                    When do you know your writing is at a standard that is suitable for sydicating?
                    You know your writing is suitable for syndication when you get syndicated by real people. Anyone with the right keywords can get scraped and re-posted.

                    Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

                    Do I just keep writing and contacting potential syndicators until I get the desired outcome?
                    You could also seek out writer's groups and seek feedback, although I recommend you take much of that feedback with more than a few grains of salt. If you're having trouble finding syndication partners, you could try this:

                    Find an outlet you would like to appear in - like a blog or ezine. Contact the blogger or publisher, and ask for help. Tell them you are an aspiring writer, that you would someday like to appear in their publication, and that you would like some feedback from someone you respect. Include a sample article, and ask them if it's good enough to appear in their pub. If not, what could you change to improve it? Thank them for their time and trouble.

                    Then listen to their feedback.

                    People that love your stuff will make you feel good. An honest critic will make you better.
                    Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

                    Does a proof reader help to improve chance of syndication?
                    Only if basic spelling and grammar mistakes are what is holding back. That's a proofreader's job, not 'punching up' your article.
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                    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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                      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

                      At 22 I was the same way. I couldn't envision ever wanting to slow down or change course, or ever stop striving.

                      A few decades later, I can not only envision it, it's starting to look pretty good. So I'm restructuring what I'm doing to be less dependent on me as the brand, and more of a salable asset when the day comes that I decide to pull the trigger.
                      Perhaps the same will happen to me. I won't mind if it does, I assume you are happy with your life regardless of what your course has become, and that is what's important. It's definitely an interesting thing to think about, how things change over time. I mean, I compare myself now to who I was at 18 and already things are ridiculously different.

                      I won't pretend to be all knowing, or to even know what is going to matter to me down the line lol. I'm still a youngin' after all.

                      But I'm rambling a bit lol,

                      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

                      *Snipped out advice to save space*
                      all your syndication stuff is spot on, as always
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                      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
                        Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

                        Perhaps the same will happen to me. I won't mind if it does, I assume you are happy with your life regardless of what your course has become, and that is what's important. It's definitely an interesting thing to think about, how things change over time. I mean, I compare myself now to who I was at 18 and already things are ridiculously different.
                        On the whole, I'm pretty content with most of my life.

                        There are always times when you look back and wonder 'what would have happened if I'd [fill in the blank]'. Do that too much and you make yourself crazy.

                        When I find myself looking down that path, I match it with 'what would I have missed if I'd done things that way'. Most of the time, the things I would have missed are more important than the (imagined) losses from not doing something.

                        Or, as Garth Brooks put it, "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers..."

                        Keep up the good work, Junior. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author brunom
    Really good post, one that everyone should read.

    A lot of value in those words, even though I will bet that most people won't follow your advice, Joe.

    Anyone trying to succeed should, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Cohen
    Holy bloop (sounds cooler than bleep)!

    Wonderful article... no, wonderful essay, Joe.

    You deserved a "thanks" - congratulations.
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    Essay is a classification I'm ok with. Article...not so much. Makes me cringe lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Now this is a contribution to the forum! Excellent post, Joe. I'm a little concerned, though, that you didn't include any pictures. I hope you're not slipping.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Now this is a contribution to the forum! Excellent post, Joe. I'm a little concerned, though, that you didn't include any pictures. I hope you're not slipping.
      I had some planned. The Internet was out at home though so I posted and cleaned this up at Panera. It wouldn't let me get to any kind of image search without booting me from the network .

      Edit: btw I ran out of thanks already (Warrior problems lol) but thanks to the people who bore through the whole thing. I hope you do something because of the advice, the pretty words dont mean much if they don't get you working on your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author andreekriz
    Thank you for sharing! Great words to live by, wishing you continued success!

    Andre
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Good post Joe. You will give newbies, and perhaps some oldbies, encouragement with that.

    Heck, I even suspect that about now old Thaddaeus is right proud of you. With what you have achieved, and your ability to write, maybe now he will get off your butt about makin' some money at that Internet thingy.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    Awesome job, Joe. Keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author zudierh
    Hi Joe,

    Very interesting article and i am appreciate it because of willingness of you sharing your experience.

    The main point from there i think is "TAKE ACTION".

    Good luck my friend with your journey!

    Zudie
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  • Profile picture of the author Smart Wordsmith
    Congratulations on the completion of your first successful year in IM and thanks for the great post.

    I am sure your post will enlighten many, who have unrealistic expectations regarding raking in money from content creation and online marketing. It is natural for a newbie to make mistakes, but I'd say, anybody who happens to read this post will learn to frame meaningful morals out of their mistakes and turn those morals into their success mantras.

    Thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Parker
    Great tips, Joe. Thanks for the insightful post. I'll keep this bookmarked.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Rosa
    Why doesn't this thread have more views? Thanks a lot for their input and tips.. I will definitely reference back to them when I get into poop mode.

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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by davidrosa9 View Post

      Why doesn't this thread have more views? Thanks a lot for their input and tips.. I will definitely reference back to them when I get into poop mode.

      D
      You and my best friend George would get along very well. He likes to squat and surf too (and announce it to the world lol).
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  • Profile picture of the author superrooster
    Great post. I am in a very similar situation that you were in a year ago and one week ago I decided to pursue actually making money online and not just dreaming about it. Great advice, perfect timing. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author centextkt
    Thanks Joe... I really needed a kick in the pants to get me going. OK, so (deep breath) here we go...
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      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      Yeah thanks...had the wrong damn address on it and I spent two hours driving around a bad part of town - jerk
      Don't let the folks downtown fool you: no one in Orlando qualifies as bad.
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    Im dissapointed.

    I read through all of that, and not one funny picture.

    I want my money back.
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      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Im dissapointed.

      I read through all of that, and not one funny picture.

      I want my money back.
      Be careful John, Joe is a "precious little flower". You wouldn't want to damage his ego, now, whould you?
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  • Profile picture of the author mo-money
    I'll add my 2 cents too...
    - always keep learning
    - don't take work or yourself too seriously
    - don't keep beating your head against a brick wall. if it's not working, regroup and do it differently.
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    • 10. There is No Finish Line: ... There really isn't a point where you've "made it" and you're done.

      Actually, there is.

      Smart marketers consider whether they want to make a living or build an asset. The first pays your bills, the second creates wealth.

      If you want to have the freedom that comes with owning assets, figure out where that finish line is.

      If you can't stop working because the money will stop coming in if you do, you might as well get a job.

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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        First off, holy crap. I go away for a few hours and the thread exploded lol. Post 3,000 is coming up too, what the hell am I gonna say then :confused:?

        Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

        Im dissapointed.

        I read through all of that, and not one funny picture.

        I want my money back.
        I'm about to George Lucas this sucker and put the pictures I originally wanted in. Only took all day to get the internet working normally again.

        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        10. There is No Finish Line: ... There really isn't a point where you've "made it" and you're done.

        Actually, there is.

        Smart marketers consider whether they want to make a living or build an asset. The first pays your bills, the second creates wealth.

        If you want to have the freedom that comes with owning assets, figure out where that finish line is.

        If you can't stop working because the money will stop coming in if you do, you might as well get a job.

        fLufF
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        I agree with you pretty much, and the point of view I portray is definitely a philosophical one and not something that should be taken as fact. However, some of us are wired to always strive for more, to expect more. The only ending is when you die (and who knows if that is guaranteed), there is always room for improvement. I was raised that way, and I portray and advocate the point of view because I don't know anything else.

        Obviously it's not for everyone. Like you said most will be satisfied to have a stable of assets and sitting back. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

        Oh, and thanks for a dissenting opinion. My ego needs those hits before it over-inflates lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author WinstonTian
        Excellent insights, Joe. Well, except...

        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        10. There is No Finish Line:
        We don't want to keep on running in life. There's always that point where you've made enough, and nothing else but greed is going to pull you over the edge. We need an exit plan for businesses...

        Winston Tian
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by WinstonTian View Post

          Excellent insights, Joe. Well, except...



          We don't want to keep on running in life. There's always that point where you've made enough, and nothing else but a drive to succeed/do something no one else has done before is going to put you over the top. We need an exit plan for businesses...

          Winston Tian
          Fixed that for you. I'm afraid you are confusing greed with a natural and unrelenting drive to get better. Again, as I said in response to Fluffy's post it is more of a mindset/lifestyle thing. You don't have to take everything that I said and interpret it as gospel :rolleyes:.

          Joe does not create one-size-fits-all lessons.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

            Joe does not create one-size-fits-all lessons.
            Joe, I'm happy to see that you came back and added some pictures. However, I'm a little disturbed at seeing you refer to yourself in the third person. I'm starting to think this thread is going to your head.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    Great post Joe! I agree, your post should be required reading for everyone who is just getting started in internet marketing. The points that you mention will help anyone to enjoy long-term success online.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      Dang, Joe, you're only 22?? Definitely wise beyond your years - great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Excellent post, my friend...

    As for this:

    I had my first couple hundred dollar days a few weeks in, and immediately expected that this would be the norm. I was pumped, thinking that I would be growing forever and making $100k per year numbers in no time.
    Don't beat yourself up. It's a pretty common thing. Just look at the stock market and the real estate market bubbles in recent years. Just about every generation goes through a period when it thinks that this time things will go up forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Larquini
    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

    watch Jersey Shore
    Cmon man Really?
    .
    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

    I'm a smart guy,
    Me too!:p

    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

    I'll show that off enough to make sure people know it
    I have trouble with this. hmm
    Maybe Im not that smart after all

    On a serious note though.. I'm tackling affiliate marketing through Article marketing but I am having trouble calling myself a "writer". I have No training or tertiary education, yep just a dirty ol' tradesman.
    When do you know your writing is at a standard that is suitable for sydicating?
    Do I just keep writing and contacting potential syndicators until I get the desired outcome?
    Does a proof reader help to improve chance of syndication?



    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

    Before you go, you'll get hungry on the way so grab a Picnic.
    Fixed that for ya

    Thanks Lucas

    PS
    Great Post by the way
    Very Inspirational
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

      On a serious note though.. I'm tackling affiliate marketing through Article marketing but I am having trouble calling myself a "writer". I have No training or tertiary education, yep just a dirty ol' tradesman.
      Abraham Lincoln was self taught, and look at the master of words that he became. Sorry, I was reading all over Wikipedia concerning the Civil War earlier.

      Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

      When do you know your writing is at a standard that is suitable for sydicating?
      When people stop telling you that your stuff sucks and start telling you "thanks, can't wait for what's next!"

      OK, the non-sarcastic answer would be...well a nicer take on the same exact sentence. If your stuff isn't good enough you're going to know because it isn't going to get published. If you're lucky you aren't flat out ignored and the publishers critique your work before sending you off.

      Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

      Do I just keep writing and contacting potential syndicators until I get the desired outcome?
      Yep, put that nose to the grindstone my dude!


      Originally Posted by Larquini View Post

      Does a proof reader help to improve chance of syndication?
      It can, depends on your situation really. If you aren't getting feedback from anywhere else than a proofreader can definitely come in handy (assuming that you don't just go and grab a "yes man").

      Originally Posted by equanto View Post

      11. Go Grab Some Coaching
      If that's your bag of tea, sure. But it hopefully will be an earlier lesson than #11. I did just fine without it and thus had no reason or qualification to comment on coaching.
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  • Profile picture of the author misswahm
    Another newbie to WF & IM here who is completely shocked that you are only 22 years old. Keep that great attitude & your star will continue to shine & grow brighter.

    I hope that others will pick up on your sparkle and "get" it. Success is not going to come to you in a box or in 1 day. You need to swallow your pride, have some modesty, open yourself up to learning something new & stop looking at what is on the other person's plate. You have to DO & keep doing. That is the lesson I've picked up over the past 3 years & the message I've taken away from this thread. I hope others will too.

    Here's to your continued success. I hope by this time next year you reach those 6 figures...somehow, with your tenacity, I have a feeling you will.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alberto82
    Hi Joe

    I just read the entire post and just wanted to say thanks for sharing your experience with us, I find it inspiring specially for a newbie like me, I've only starte learning IM about a month ago so this advice is invaluable. Again many thanks a best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Menzieshunt
    Joe thanks for your article - it actually was my birthday yesterday but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to IM. I thought your Communicate point was totally apt, as my family are already complaining that I am neglecting them with my new IM venture. I am obsessed and would work on the site 24 hrs if I could, I just am getting such a buzz out of creating something. But you are absolutely right. We should not neglect our family and friends, so I am going to pace myself from now on!
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLeonard
    Are you sure you wrote this? I thought I was the only sarcastic, badass 22 year old punk turned internet marketer! Great read.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    I just love reading posts like this - not necessarily the advice/lessons part (those are cool, too) but where the writer (Hey Joe! ) takes serious stuff and makes it fun to read.

    Brightened my day. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Outsourcingnerd
    Thanks for a very inspiring article Joe!

    I think we all have times where we feel tempted to buy a new shiny piece of software, and e-book or something else we believe would skyrocket our income within an hour! :-)

    Some people are addicted to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, chocolate or other thing - and in this forum many of us are information junkies.

    You know the feeling, and new WSO is launched - if it is cheap you probably think "well, let's wait for the reviews before I buy." If it is expensive, you follow those reviews carefully because it COULD be the missing piece of the puzzle.

    When you push the buy button, you get this warm feeling - convincing yourself "I deserve it, I need it!"

    You download your purchase, look through the book or install the software... grab a cup of coffee, and then... NOTHING... you start to browse a bit, answering a Skype message, check your e-mail. "I will look at the new stuff tomorrow"...

    And the product remains untouched and collects dust at your hard drive - you manage to convince yourself that it was not worth reading/using. And you have already convinced yourself that it was not that important...

    However, 2 days after you got a mail, a brand-new WSO... amazing reviews, and it can.... here we go again.

    Does it sound familiar? Been there, done that - bought the T-shirts? :-)

    There is nothing wrong by buying WSO´s but we just fool ourselves if we don´t take action.

    No matter how hard we try, it is impossible to master all aspects - you might be a fantastic designer, but a lousy salesman.

    I have tried to make a little action plan for myself - yes. I also buy WSO´s and some are fantastic and some are pure crap.

    Before I buy I ask myself:

    1. Is this something I need to learn now?
    2. Do I have the time to learn it?
    3. Would I put it into action?

    All questions have to be a yes.

    And here is another little advice - if I buy an info product, I have decided that I would write down 2 - 3 things I learned or not knew before.

    Let us say it was a SEO book, and I learned that it is important to use outgoing authority links - then I would write that down.

    If we just keep hunting the latest info, we spent more time chasing info, instead of taking action.

    I worked for a big ISP company as an internal sales manager some years ago. We got a new girl as a junior sales consultant without any knowledge about hosting.

    However, the funny thing, she was that she sold a lot! - in the beginning she had no clue what the difference between a Unix based or Windows based web hotel was.

    Then she got curious, and started to gain a lot of knowledge - being able to ask the customers if their website was using ASP or MySql.

    Her sales dropped 60% - why? Because she started to use technical terms a lot of the customers actually not knew - and IT managers are often males, and try to make them tell a little lady that they don´t know the tectonically terms she is using :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author freebuys
    Wow,! that was a fantastic and great article to us. As a beginner it helps me a lot to carry some knowledge. Its very informative and helpful for every newbie .
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  • Profile picture of the author bcorey
    Hi Joe, I just became a member here not even 10 minutes ago (but I have heard about this forum for years), and this is the very first post that I viewed. After spending over 16 hours on the computer today, at another attempt to make progress toward my business, I ultimately made NONE (again)! And, I was REALLY at a quitting point, AGAIN! But, after reading your post, I feel very different than I did just a few minutes ago! This was the "soft kick in the ass" that I needed ...and at exactly the right time. Thank You!
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    What a writing!
    You don't have to take everything that I said and interpret it as gospel
    No, we will not take those as gospel and bind to keep that as a good book! Rather let us follow your work and do something like that.
    Thanks for the nice post.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveCraige
    @JoeRobinson - Nice post! Really well done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    That awkward moment where it is your post that gets bumped back to the top after the fact.

    Ah, the fond memories I have of this one though.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrBoots
      Dats sum nice writing rit their.

      Excellent post. Very inspiring stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author DreamWarrior
    Great post. It was an easy read. Unlike many, you gave something a go, and you discovered new things about yourself along the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Thanks, Joe...read the whole thing and enjoyed it.

    Takeaways:

    #1 - take action on making money - "Will this generate revenue for me?"

    #2 - move away from trading your time for money as soon as possible

    #3 - expect that what you'll be doing in the middle won't be what you were doing at the beginning.
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