Complete Beginner...HELP!

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Hi, I am a complete beginner and have no experience whatsoever.. I've known for some time that there is money to be made online but never knew where to start. I have done a little bit of research and know I need to build a website, blog, build a list, have a niche etc...but where to start and how to do this is making my head hurt!

I know this will take time and effort to build this from the ground up. I am working full time but eventually want to be able to give this up and have more time for family and travel. One of my life's goals was to be earning 100k per year by the time I'm 40. I'm 37 now. Is this sort of figure attainable in that timescale? Obviously a lot depends on how much time and effort I put in I realise, but am I setting my sights too high or not high enough??

Any advice on actually how to get started and first steps to take would be greatly appreciated. I have no idea who to use for building a website etc and my writing skills leave a lot to be desired! I know there are a lot of different revenue streams I can utilise online but don't know if I should just concentrate on one in particular then branch out or start using multiples straight away?? How much will I realistically need to invest or are there things I can do for free, for example can I build/host a website for free??

All comments welcome

Raymond
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  • Profile picture of the author threezerozero
    Raymond....relax a little bit ahahha. it's a little overwhelming when you think of everything all at once. i can relate because i was in the same position as you once. think of everything in steps...small steps. go step by step and everything doesn't seem that bad. your goal of $100K in about 3 years is definitely attainable and as it is with everything, it does depend on the amount of time and effort you put into it.

    my suggestion, before you even start building a site/blog. figure out what you want to do whether it be product creation, cpa marketing, affiliate marketing....whatever it is, make sure its something you want to do. then find your niche, find something that interests you and see what you can do to make the community better or something that will make people's lives in that community easier.

    once you have that figured out you can go ahead and get your site/blog up. as for doing it for free, you can....but i recommend getting your own domain name with your own hosting.

    hopefully, this post will help calm you down and get started on the right path. definitely feel free to PM me if you have any questions. im more than happy to help.
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    • Profile picture of the author raymie29
      Many thanks threezerozero, think I just need to take a deep breath lol

      Raymond
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    You can make as much money as you want, depending on your skill levels, the time invested and what you choose to market amongst many other factors.

    Write down your interests or what you think you would enjoy writing about and you can build a small website to get an understanding on how it all works. There are honestly 100+ and more ways to make money online so its quite a broad question your asking. I think a bit of education on building and running a small website or blog would help you understand the online game.

    It all depends on your skill levels as to where you will fit in, but invest in yourself by reading, learning and practicing all you can. This forum is great place to learn all you need to get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author usc4seven
    Hi Raymie29,

    I just read your post and sympathize with your position...I have been there.

    While I'm not quite to 100k (my goal as well), I am bringing in $6,350 per month online.

    I've purchased nearly every high-end online course available and am more than happy to share my findings and knowledge with you if you'd like.

    PM me back if I can help.

    Thanks and good luck,
    Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author matthewthomas
    Check out courses on Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more Figure out what peeks your interest. This site has so many tutorials on everything that could be related to anything and it great information.some other great people to check out are Gabriel Machuret (SEO Expert) and Zig Ziglar (Sales Expert). SEO is a great place for New Internet Marketers to start with and Zig Ziglar teaches a lot about how to be the best sales person you can be.

    But just like any other business in the world you have to learn a lot before you can be worth anything to anyone, and unfortunately with internet marketing it is all self motivated learning. No one is going to push you but you and if you fail you are the only one who will suffer but if you succeed the pay out can be enormous.

    Thats where I recommend starting. I learned more from them then anyone else so far on the internet. And remember no matter what you do, this isnt a J.O.B (Just Over Broke) this is YOUR business and you need to treat it as such. No one likes a J.O.B and if you treat it like one then you will hate it and you wont get anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWarrior0
    Take action mate that is the main thing
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    If you have £100, thats a great starting point. That will get you hosting, a few domain names, some content etc and you can go from there. Don't try build a business on free services because usually they are sub-standard, although it is entirely possible using things like Blogger and Squidoo lenses. Depends on your situation.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    I run a no hype zone FB group called The Newbie Launch Pad and would be a perfect place for you to start. Full of friendly helpful people of various skills and abilities. What's more it is free and nobody is going to try and sell to you either.

    That said there are plenty of helpful people on this site but do be careful not to get pulled in different directions. Get a proven plan and stick to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Wang
    Hi Raymond, Patrick here i am new in this market as well.

    I was inspired by your great goal, in fact i personally think that its possible to achieve 100k in 3 years because internet world is horizontal, everything is possible but provided we do right thing and stay persistancy.

    Here some power tool that my mentor tought me which can generate result faster:

    1. Solo ad(Pay method but fast result generated, i have some useful link, just PM me if you need or you can purchase in safe swaps)

    2. free traffic methad include like blog, forum marketing, article marketing is also my favour because i can learn, share and earn through them.

    last advise, since we have only limited time, plz stay laser focus on one niche which you are personally passionate abt.

    Talk soon and nice to meet you,
    Patrick Wang
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Cottrell
      Hi Raymie 29,

      If you're starting from scratch and you know nothing, then I would highly recommend getting a Mentor, a coach, someone who has been their and done it and worn the T shirt. A Mentor will show you step by step how to get ahead in this business. It will cost you money but not as much as you think!

      When I started out, I was like you, "Information Overload" you just don't know which way to turn. If I'd known then what I know now, a mentor would have been the path for me. (I did actually get a mentor to get rid of the mind mash) Best move I made, a mentor just makes things so much easier and straight forward. Simple steps, the right way to do things.

      For my money, pick from the following 3 top class marketers.

      Google:
      John Thornhill (Currently running a special 90% off mentoring course)
      Chris Farrell (Voted No 1 IM Service)
      Dave Nicholson. (Great coaching course)

      Honestly friend, a mentor is the way to start, don't get bogged down with your Inbox full of other affiliate offers trying to take your hard earned cash.

      Good luck and best wishes in your online efforts.

      Regards,

      Steve.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Cottrell
        One other thing, don't fall for the so called "Gurus" who try to sell you product after product, the best way forward is having your own products. Any of the 3 mentors I mention will help you with this.

        All the best,

        Steve.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sleika
          Hi Raymie,

          Thought id add my two cents, the seasoned warriors above have given you some great advice.

          I'm fairly new myself, my advice at first would be to read this forum daily and check out the subforums, its taken me about a month to really get my head around all the different types of IM and models, over a little bit of time you pick up the lingo and start understanding the different ways money is made online.

          As stated already, it's really going to break down to 3 things - you have your own product your going to sell, you have a service you provide or you can become an affiliate and promote someones elses service or product and in return gain a commission.

          My suggestion at first and im sure theres a good counter argument to this but is to start a small affiliate size with amazon or something, something that has a low cost attached to it and lets you work out some of the basics you need to get to started. I'm doing that myself as more of a training and implementing alot of the ideas i have found on this forum to see what works and what i need to help on before i take that next step.

          Cost to start is relatively low, a domain name, a hosting plan and you can install wordpress for you website - thats really all you need to get started and you can take it from there

          hope that helps
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          • Profile picture of the author Pradeep Bhagwat
            Hi,

            As you said you are newbie, and it is quite possible that you will try to learn the all things fast and while doing that you might buy products, join courses one after another. This will confuse you and will waste your time and money. I suggest you to just study the internet marketing thoroughly and join the best courses, buy best products. After that act on just one system. Just try that system till you get success! Got my point? I think you will not get this type of suggestion anywhere! Have a good luck and for that have patience.

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        • Originally Posted by Steve Cottrell View Post

          One other thing, don't fall for the so called "Gurus" who try to sell you product after product, the best way forward is having your own products. Any of the 3 mentors I mention will help you with this.

          All the best,

          Steve.
          What do you think of Anthony Morrison?
          I bought his course. It's informative but not systematic and he is trying to sell me 'system' and products that cost a few thousand dollars before I could even learn what he's tryin to teach. I eventually cancel my membership. Am I the only one who think he's a scam?
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  • Profile picture of the author rightseosteps
    Build a blog/website, design it unique and to your liking. Constant updates on content on your site is important, and incoming links on a monthly basis. It's simple the only trick is to keep keyword density at a minimum on your site for the keywords you want ranked up but the rest is just getting yourself known for what you do best. Promote an affiliate, offer a service join adsense, these are all things you can do to make money.

    Like anything else in life it takes patience and timing for payments to roll in, just make sure it counts as in you research before doing anything. What keywords to rank for, what url to choose, what content needs to be added on a weekly basis and how many links to build for the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
    Raymond,

    Consider yourself very lucky right now. Why? Because I got into internet marketing back in 1999, and STILL have not reached my goals of financial comfort. And why should that make you feel lucky? I'm getting to that part. So all these years I tried so many things; going here, going there, not taking a deep breath, just diving in trying to make something stick. But nada. And I gave it up in 2008.

    Then, about a year ago I dabbled in it again, and again earlier this year. But my confidence in the industry was very weak, so I didn't dabble too hard.

    So why should you feel lucky??

    Because, unlike me, you found Warrior Forum right at the beginning of your journey! I didn't find it until about 6 weeks ago. And guess what! I am already on the way to making some money with this thing! And not just a few teasing dollars. I'm poised to actually surpass the small successes I had off & on over the years. Because this site helps! And if you relax, take your time, read a lot, and swim around in the pool of excellent knowledge here, you will be on the way to more family time before you know it.

    I've only been registered here a few days short of one month. Time has flown! But I realized a couple days ago that because of WF I've been able to focus and get motivated when I seriously thought I was no longer capable.

    The big thing to remember is: Don't touch the shiny things just yet. There are quite a few of them here (i.e. WSO's), but leave them alone! Take in some Warrior nourishment first, and you'll learn which shiny things are most valuable.

    All the best to you, and welcome!
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  • Profile picture of the author Auggie Tsai
    Raymond, you've received some great advice here. I'll throw in my two cents worth. First, determine what you are interested in and it has to be something you can write about on a pretty regular basis. For marketing, either go the free route with forum posting, blog posting, articles, etc., or if the budget allows pay for advertising.

    The last thing I'd like to add is that you can study material from all of the experts but unless you take action, you won't reach your goal. Stay focused, be persistent and be dedicated. $100,000 in three years is a great goal and definitely achievable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue Nelson
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    It seems quite difficult to me also, but I have decided to read first and learn a lot of things from the fine warriors over here :-)

    I just need to chill down, get informed and get organized.

    Good luck to you, too.

    Sue
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    As my old basketball coach used to say, "You can't win the whole game in the 1st quarter". Take your time, sell a high priced item, and learn the essentials of driving traffic, and converting the traffic into sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author pro31lady
      My advice is to actually work. What I mean by that is - a lot of us (myself included) have gotten caught up in "the next best thing" and rather than staying focused, we have gotten sidetracked and end up buying all kinds of things we really don't need.

      Once I stayed focused and did not worry about all the new things coming out - I saw success. Take one step at a time - do it well - and then move on to the next step.
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  • Profile picture of the author raymie29
    Thank you all for your informed responses, lots of good advice which I will take onboard.

    Raymond
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  • Profile picture of the author manishk
    You have a long way to go buddy. Earning money on the net is not that easy anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by manishk View Post

      You have a long way to go buddy. Earning money on the net is not that easy anymore.
      Maybe so, but he has the ambition and desire, and best of all - a constructive and positive attitude, which makes success a lot easier to attain!
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  • Profile picture of the author headmaster211
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    Don't think too much. Don't read too much. Just get started. You'll learn on the way. Just one thing, make sure you build a list. Its the most important and effective tip I can give you. It doesn't matter whats your niche. If you provide value to the people and make a good relationship with them. You can expect to make money. Treat your visitors well. Write for them not for money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Socialbakers
    The first thing you need to do is to actually start doing something. What was my problem is that I was planning to do something, telling myself how great it's going to be, but in the end, I ended up doing nothing.

    Have your aim, a clear goal, set some important milestones and the time-frame in which you want the milestones to achieve and constantly track your progress. That should get you going at a steady and firm pace and you should really see what you have achieved so far and what is still there for you to achieve.

    Get going!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark T Lucas
    I too was in a similar situation! I had to teach myself to be patient and try to learn something new everyday. Hard work, positive mindset, and communication with those who are experienced will take you on the right path.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Originally Posted by raymie29 View Post

    Any advice on actually how to get started and first steps to take would be greatly appreciated.
    Before you take another step watch this entire video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19kBI-EvOQE

    I promise it WILL help. We all have to start somewhere and in that video I share how I started and how YOU can get started too.

    I have no idea who to use for building a website etc
    To start with... I suggest the following:

    1. Get a basic hosting plan at a company like Namecheap or Softlayer and install a wordpress blog.

    You CAN do it your self and I highly recommend it... just for the experience of it. Its not really that difficult. Search for a "wordpress install tutorial" on google or youtube. There will be tons of them.

    and my writing skills leave a lot to be desired!
    2. Blog. Blog your experience getting started. Even if the only people who read the blog are your wife and a few friends on facebook. Blog blog blog. Do this to practice writing.

    Ultimately your goal in writing online is to tell a compelling story. Whether you are selling something or not you need to tell a story that is interesting to or identifies with your audience.

    3. Participate in the discussions in social communities related to the areas of business interest. The Warrior Forum for example is a great place to start.

    I have a confession to make... I learned how to type and how to communicate effectively online simply by participating in and starting discussions on the Warrior Forum.

    I also practiced by skills of telling a good story and copywriting on Ebay. It was a great practice ground because I could make mistakes with little risk. Ebay may not be as great a place to practice as it used to be but, depending on what you sell, places like the Warrior Special Offer forum can be.

    4. Study basic html. THIS IS INTEGRAL to your success. Take a basic html and CSS course. I paid $50 to study one when I first started.

    You do not have to become an HTML master but understanding the basics and being able to make slight edits to templates, code, and being able to copy and paste html and to deploy and upload webpages IS an absolute advantage that will save you hundreds of hours if not thousands of hours of time and mistakes and will release you from the burden of being completely illiterate (html is the language of the web) and help you communicate with outsourcers as well.

    DO NOT ignore that advice. You can literally learn the basics of html in a few hours and hone your knowledge over time.

    Good resources for starter html and css are:

    HTML Tutorial

    YouTube
    howtogurus.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Sleika
      good read josh
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyrior
    Originally Posted by raymie29 View Post

    Hi, I am a complete beginner and have no experience whatsoever.. I've known for some time that there is money to be made online but never knew where to start. I have done a little bit of research and know I need to build a website, blog, build a list, have a niche etc...but where to start and how to do this is making my head hurt!

    I know this will take time and effort to build this from the ground up. I am working full time but eventually want to be able to give this up and have more time for family and travel. One of my life's goals was to be earning 100k per year by the time I'm 40. I'm 37 now. Is this sort of figure attainable in that timescale? Obviously a lot depends on how much time and effort I put in I realise, but am I setting my sights too high or not high enough??

    Any advice on actually how to get started and first steps to take would be greatly appreciated. I have no idea who to use for building a website etc and my writing skills leave a lot to be desired! I know there are a lot of different revenue streams I can utilise online but don't know if I should just concentrate on one in particular then branch out or start using multiples straight away?? How much will I realistically need to invest or are there things I can do for free, for example can I build/host a website for free??

    All comments welcome

    Raymond
    Hi Raymond
    My suggestion is that you decide what you want to do first and then find a valid coach here on warrior forum (I'm sure it will be a mix of scam and reputable ones, so you have to be careful), that way you can save a lot of time and money. One thing to remember is to stay focus. Once you earn something consistent (doesn't have to be big) then you probably know how to make money online already. Just have to scale it up. I started up trying almost everything, of course I've learnt a lot, but also wasted lots of money and time. I mean things can be done more efficiently if you have the right guidance in the beginning and stay focus. So that's the lesson that I want to share with you. But of course different people have different paths of success anyway. Just believe in yourself and keep going.All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author averagejoe9911
    Hi Raymond,

    I too am new to the forum, but not the world of online marketing. There has been some excellent advice given here by some people who really know what they are doing. The only thing I would add is when you get started, dont take your foot off the gas. If things start to get rolling, that is your signal to work harder, if things slow down, again thats another signal to work harder. If you want to avoid the 9-5 grind and make a go of this the biggest investment will be your time. Read the good stuff, read the bad stuff, read everything. You are the only person who can influence your income once you are actively marketing a product or products. In the immortal words of the voice in the movie Field of Dreams... "if you build it, they will come..." Good luck, and please keep us posted with how it goes.
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