Who You Are Makes All The Difference

by MikeRogers 6 replies
Hi Guys,

Ever read the advice, "Make a list of the topics you're interested in and start your business around one of those"? I'm sure its bound to be sound advice, after all, it gets repeated enough on marketing forums...

However, if you've been involved in Internet Marketing for any length of time, I'll bet you have made more money from stuff you ain't interested in; like acne products or hair restoration. If it happens to be a HOT product at the time, we go after it. That's marketing 101.

But, this post is not about picking a niche to get into; Its more for the new marketers that are still struggling to just get started and it still has to do with making lists.

What I'd like to suggest today is that you make two lists. List #1 should be about what you like to do online; write copy, build web sites, etc and, List #2 should be about what you don't like to do online; create products, rewrite articles, etc.

If you're honest with yourself, these lists should give you a pretty good insight into where you need to start looking when considering what online business model you should follow.

For example:

If you don't like creating products, writing copy, or dealing with customer support, then you may be happier with affiliate marketing. When you sell other people's stuff you don't have to deal with that.

If you like building web sites, designing graphics, writing copy or articles, then perhaps you should seriously look into starting an online service oriented business or flipping web sites.

See what I mean, guys? First, find out Who You Are!

If you know what you like to do and are good at it, then it makes it sooo much easier to get yourself pointed in the right direction. There is just no need to constantly jump from one thing to another because, finally, you know exactly who you are and where you're headed.

Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author KenJ
    I agree with you to a degree.

    However I used my interests to start up web sites and found out by doing things what I enjoyed. I was surprised by the result.

    I thought I would love affiliate stuff and selling other peoples stuff but no.

    I really love writing and creating new products from the ground up.

    So there is value in the early days for someone to choose somethning they are interested in but only to find out what they really want to do
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      Originally Posted by kenj View Post


      I thought I would love affiliate stuff and selling other peoples stuff but no.

      I really love writing and creating new products from the ground up.
      Exactly, Ken.

      Knowing yourself, your likes and dislikes, act to expedite your online success. Congrats on no longer having to fumble around for a sound model to pursue.

      Mike
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          Originally Posted by Daniel Flower View Post

          I think that sometimes you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone to make money. I think that most successful businesspeople all do this on a regular basis. If something feels hard (because you don't like it) but it makes money, then are you prepared to do it?
          That's an interesting observation, Dan.

          However, its been my experience that most people get into internet marketing to get away from doing the things they dislike. Why would you purposely choose to do what you dislike when the things that you do like can make you just as much, if not more, money?

          Mike
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    Originally Posted by MikeRogers View Post

    Hi Guys,

    Ever read the advice, "Make a list of the topics you're interested in and start your business around one of those"? I'm sure its bound to be sound advice, after all, it gets repeated enough on marketing forums...

    However, if you've been involved in Internet Marketing for any length of time, I'll bet you have made more money from stuff you ain't interested in; like acne products or hair restoration. If it happens to be a HOT product at the time, we go after it. That's marketing 101.

    But, this post is not about picking a niche to get into; Its more for the new marketers that are still struggling to just get started and it still has to do with making lists.

    What I'd like to suggest today is that you make two lists. List #1 should be about what you like to do online; write copy, build web sites, etc and, List #2 should be about what you don't like to do online; create products, rewrite articles, etc.

    If you're honest with yourself, these lists should give you a pretty good insight into where you need to start looking when considering what online business model you should follow.

    For example:

    If you don't like creating products, writing copy, or dealing with customer support, then you may be happier with affiliate marketing. When you sell other people's stuff you don't have to deal with that.

    If you like building web sites, designing graphics, writing copy or articles, then perhaps you should seriously look into starting an online service oriented business or flipping web sites.

    See what I mean, guys? First, find out Who You Are!

    If you know what you like to do and are good at it, then it makes it sooo much easier to get yourself pointed in the right direction. There is just no need to constantly jump from one thing to another because, finally, you know exactly who you are and where you're headed.

    Mike


    Mike, this is one of the better posts I've seen in a while. I really like the way you brought this to the forefront. There are a million ways to make money online yet almost all aren't suited to more than a certain type of person.

    For me, I started out writing articles and I built lenses to try and promote things. I hated it. I never pursued it more than as a hobby (grinding it out hoping it would work eventually.)

    However, I asked myself what I liked about business and decided I liked automated things and testing/tweaking until I got better results. I love the mechanical nature of it along with using tools to build a relationship with my list. Therefore list building is fun and I enjoy working at it.

    I think realizing what I liked and what I hated definitely changed my career and business future.

    I'd suggest to anyone to basically create the 2 lists and if there's something you hate but is necessary (you will have to do things you don't like...inevitably) find a way to outsource it. Focus on what you like and are best at and minimize your weaknesses as best as you can. That simple idea has totally changed my business perspective and path.

    Cheers on a Simple yet Brilliant Post,

    Brad Spencer
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  • Profile picture of the author willdlp
    This thread has led to some very pertinent observations.

    Thanks Mike.

    Brad your reply re: your experiences with IM are also very insightful.

    Will.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeurois
    When I first read your title I thought you are going to say no matter what they sell, well known marketers still sell better than the others

    You're still right with what you said in this post

    Originally Posted by MikeRogers View Post

    Hi Guys,

    Ever read the advice, "Make a list of the topics you're interested in and start your business around one of those"? I'm sure its bound to be sound advice, after all, it gets repeated enough on marketing forums...

    However, if you've been involved in Internet Marketing for any length of time, I'll bet you have made more money from stuff you ain't interested in; like acne products or hair restoration. If it happens to be a HOT product at the time, we go after it. That's marketing 101.

    But, this post is not about picking a niche to get into; Its more for the new marketers that are still struggling to just get started and it still has to do with making lists.

    What I'd like to suggest today is that you make two lists. List #1 should be about what you like to do online; write copy, build web sites, etc and, List #2 should be about what you don't like to do online; create products, rewrite articles, etc.

    If you're honest with yourself, these lists should give you a pretty good insight into where you need to start looking when considering what online business model you should follow.

    For example:

    If you don't like creating products, writing copy, or dealing with customer support, then you may be happier with affiliate marketing. When you sell other people's stuff you don't have to deal with that.

    If you like building web sites, designing graphics, writing copy or articles, then perhaps you should seriously look into starting an online service oriented business or flipping web sites.

    See what I mean, guys? First, find out Who You Are!

    If you know what you like to do and are good at it, then it makes it sooo much easier to get yourself pointed in the right direction. There is just no need to constantly jump from one thing to another because, finally, you know exactly who you are and where you're headed.

    Mike
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