Newbie 5 months in. What have I learned?

by Chaddy
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Hello everyone! I'm writing this post to hopefully let some newbies in on what I've learned in my scant 5 months of internet marketing. Here goes!

First here's the tl;dr version.
All the posts about how hard IM is, it's all true. Don't give up.

What's the most important thing I've learned?
This is hard work. I can't count the number of people on this board that will tell you it's hard work. They're aren't kidding. Yes I expected it to be hard but you never know until you actually do it. I'm certainly not trying to discourage anyone from it. Just be aware that if you think you're going to quit your job in a year and stay home while money is thrown at you then the odds are stacked against you. It takes time and patience. Word to the wise, don't quit your day job until you can quit your day job.

Nothing will kill productivity faster then a vacation, at least for me.
In July I took my family (wife and 2 step sons) on a vacation to my home state for the first time. We were gone a total of 2 weeks. This was painful as it's taken me until now to get back into things again. Vacations are good for the mind and the body but it can still hurt. Discipline is key. However I would trade anything in the world for the look on my moms face when we showed up at her door unannounced. When your 1500 miles away from mom doesn't really expect you to just randomly show up.

Nothing will kill productivity faster then a vacation, except maybe for having a good day job.
I love my job and it pays well. It covers the bills and lets me and my family have some fun a couple weekends a month and put money into savings. But when you have that it can work against you. Like many others though I would like to maybe pay a little extra on a car payment, or be able to really go somewhere for an entire weekend just for the heck of it. Once again, discipline is key. A good job is great, but work past it if you want to start making money.

Be aware of your niche.
My niche is small. I based it around a hobby as it relates to the state I live in. I firmly believe you should write about something you love or are familiar with but I might have narrowed it down a bit too much. Find something you like and write about it, don't fall into the trap of chasing the big niches (how to make money, health, dating, acne prevention, etc..) unless you actually know something about it. If you write about something you don't know it will show.

So how much have I made?
A whopping $2.21. I know, I'll try not to spend it all in one place. However making something is a good sign, yes it's low but it's step in the right direction. I've seen many posts on this board by people that started out and it took them 3 years to get where they're at now.

What does the future hold for me?
Well keep my current site alive for starters. Create another site that deals with my other favorite hobby in order to help fund a brick and mortar version of it. This website also goes along with a business plan for the B&M version and will help get info of my product out there before I receive the funding for it. I also plan on doing one other site in a niche I have knowledge about.

Final thought?
Don't give up.

If you've come this far thanks for reading!
#learned #months #newbie
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Good lesson Chaddy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chaddy
      Originally Posted by willay View Post

      Have you picked one main hungry buying audience and started building a list yet? If not do it..bottom line
      My niche is pretty small and probably not very hungry. However it was something I know about. So I built my first site as a test. Can I make a site, how much will the initial cost be, how much maintenance will it take, do I like doing it. All of these questions were answered so it's certainly not a loss.
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  • Profile picture of the author Last Rep
    Very awesome tips Chaddy. I am a total newbie too, so I love and appreciate this post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisha5684
    Good tips. I think the whole vacation thing really depends on the person. When I get back from vacation, it only really takes me a day or two of organization and relaxation when I get back home before I get back into things full swing. You really have to like what you do and be self-motivated and disciplined. I also think you just have to be self-motivated to be self-employed in general.

    It is true it takes time and you really have to be patient and consistent.

    I like your idea of creating an online version of your future brick and mortar business you want to create. One step at a time, and you'll get where you want to go

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    Don't give-up, don't jump from one program to another, be consistent, work hard with perseverance, set your target, record progress, and continue to make improvements..
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  • Profile picture of the author fcebri24
    Very nice post Chaddy! thanks for sharing. You nailed it right on the most important vitue you need in this business: Perseverance!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesgan
    Originally Posted by Chaddy View Post

    Hello everyone! I'm writing this post to hopefully let some newbies in on what I've learned in my scant 5 months of internet marketing. Here goes!

    First here's the tl;dr version.
    All the posts about how hard IM is, it's all true. Don't give up.

    What's the most important thing I've learned?
    This is hard work. I can't count the number of people on this board that will tell you it's hard work. They're aren't kidding. Yes I expected it to be hard but you never know until you actually do it. I'm certainly not trying to discourage anyone from it. Just be aware that if you think you're going to quit your job in a year and stay home while money is thrown at you then the odds are stacked against you. It takes time and patience. Word to the wise, don't quit your day job until you can quit your day job.

    Nothing will kill productivity faster then a vacation, at least for me.
    In July I took my family (wife and 2 step sons) on a vacation to my home state for the first time. We were gone a total of 2 weeks. This was painful as it's taken me until now to get back into things again. Vacations are good for the mind and the body but it can still hurt. Discipline is key. However I would trade anything in the world for the look on my moms face when we showed up at her door unannounced. When your 1500 miles away from mom doesn't really expect you to just randomly show up.

    Nothing will kill productivity faster then a vacation, except maybe for having a good day job.
    I love my job and it pays well. It covers the bills and lets me and my family have some fun a couple weekends a month and put money into savings. But when you have that it can work against you. Like many others though I would like to maybe pay a little extra on a car payment, or be able to really go somewhere for an entire weekend just for the heck of it. Once again, discipline is key. A good job is great, but work past it if you want to start making money.

    Be aware of your niche.
    My niche is small. I based it around a hobby as it relates to the state I live in. I firmly believe you should write about something you love or are familiar with but I might have narrowed it down a bit too much. Find something you like and write about it, don't fall into the trap of chasing the big niches (how to make money, health, dating, acne prevention, etc..) unless you actually know something about it. If you write about something you don't know it will show.

    So how much have I made?
    A whopping $2.21. I know, I'll try not to spend it all in one place. However making something is a good sign, yes it's low but it's step in the right direction. I've seen many posts on this board by people that started out and it took them 3 years to get where they're at now.

    What does the future hold for me?
    Well keep my current site alive for starters. Create another site that deals with my other favorite hobby in order to help fund a brick and mortar version of it. This website also goes along with a business plan for the B&M version and will help get info of my product out there before I receive the funding for it. I also plan on doing one other site in a niche I have knowledge about.

    Final thought?
    Don't give up.

    If you've come this far thanks for reading!
    5 Simple Steps to start with :
    #1 Know where your niches hanging around online?
    #2 Find out what is their 'pain in the neck'/problems?
    #3 Do you have solutions for them,
    - If so, whether physical/digital product, it doesn't matter
    - If not, find someone did it and work with him.
    #4 Show your solutions/products to your niches
    #5 Repeat the process...
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  • Profile picture of the author MMOICE
    One thing I have learned is its a battle and you never go to a battle without your weapon and in this case your weapon is the knowledge and discipline in your niche.
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    Thanks for sharing those great tips.
    Good Luck
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    Thanks for letting us useful tips.

    The best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Jordan Rhodes
    Thank you for sharing your tips. Internet Marketing is just as difficult as any other endeavour; you have to be disciplined in order to succeed at it.

    I hope that you achieve success in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author marax
    I totally understand the vacation part.
    I took a week off in January knowing that my income would suffer.
    And only realized what an impact it made when I came back and went through all the stats :S
    I told myself that the way to get to the next level is to really mobilize myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Killara
    Brilliant post, Chaddy!

    And I love your story about the surprise on your Mum's face. That's priceless.

    I agree with all your sentiments - building any business, including an on-line business takes, time, effort and patience. It is about building a trustworthy brand and if you don't know your stuff - the show's over. Building a brand and a following takes time.

    Nonetheless, I'm sure you've worked on the long tail keywords - even if Demand might be small, if there's virtually no supply, then it may be very profitable - if so, get lots of these long tail KW's and work on them.

    The objective is traffic first, then monetization.

    Thank you for starting this terrific post.
    Warmest
    Killara
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  • Profile picture of the author ImamHariyanto
    I think IM is not only requires hard work but also smart work. I am a newbie too. I learned IM since may 2012 (about 4 months) and I have earn more than $x000 from Flippa only, I have some other income sources too.
    I suggest you to find right guidance to explore your passion in IM. We are newbie, we need to learn more than others.
    More we do, More we get
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    • Profile picture of the author Chaddy
      Originally Posted by ImamHariyanto View Post

      I think IM is not only requires hard work but also smart work. I am a newbie too. I learned IM since may 2012 (about 4 months) and I have earn more than from Flippa only, I have some other income sources too.
      I suggest you to find right guidance to explore your passion in IM. We are newbie, we need to learn more than others.
      More we do, More we get
      You're absolutely right. When I started my first site (working on my second and third right now) I had done a lot of "hard work" reading. But it wasn't smart work. I wasn't picking up on all the lessons. What I think is really hurting me at the moment is that I thought my first domain name was good. Then after analyzing more information I found out that my domain name is... not so good. While it's unfortunate that I messed up this important part of the process I'm still at it and still posting to my first site.

      But you can bet your bottom dollar that that next 2 domains I registered were MUCH closer to the mark then the first one. Never stop reading, never get discouraged.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Zammit
    I really like to see people trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gianni
    Thanks for the share.

    Keep fighting untill you make more progress, we all in the same boat.

    This business is a marathon, we are here to stay for long time, it might take a year or longer to build it up, but eventually you will get there.

    Have patience and be persistent at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author vCr8
    Great tips here Chaddy, you surely have learned a lot with the 5months you started with IM. Now that you know what works and what does no work for you, you can start scaling up now to earn more.
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  • Profile picture of the author fixie
    Don't be discouraged by the amount of money you make in the beginning. Once you learn to make small money, it's all about scaling from there
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