I'd like to hear what others think about this.
Can you really learn everything you need to know by reading posts here and never buying any courses or specialized training?
Are there really no "secrets" that are worth paying for?
Here's my opinion:
I'm a big fan of this forum and I've learned some things here which have taken my business way past the low 6-figures I used to earn. So this is not a knock on the forum.
That being said, the real learning comes from experience. You can read every post in this vast database, and still not make money online. Trial and error is the real guru.
The most that information can do for you is cut down your learning curve and give you a system to follow. Or it can just lead to information overload, mistrust of the people who claim to be making money, and lots of wasted time.
The one thing that is not free here or anywhere else is hands on coaching which requires you to take action to complete. This can help you dramatically.
Once you start taking action, you'll see that it's easy to earn $500 a month but more difficult to earn $5,000+. Unless you have a fantastic idea and some high-powered contacts, you may never make it by just sitting at a computer doing everything yourself.
To make a living online, you have to learn how to manage projects, people, and ROI. And you can't be afraid to invest in your own business. Inexperienced marketers always look at the cost of a product or service, while experienced marketers focus on the quality and the longer term return they will likely get.
These are things you will only learn from experience. And experience doesn't magically come to you overnight.