So I want to "give back" a little bit here... even though I know there will be people who don't give a rat's about it or think it's all too elementary for them.
I guess you could call it "rehashed crap." (In this case, THIS rehashed crap will help you have your internet marketing breakthrough and it'll work for you for years... While the non-rehashed crap will work for a few months or less then stop working on a dime.)
I can't guarantee you'll suddenly start making 6 figures with this info... But I believe that it's impossible to fail if you remain persistent with it over time.
You'll survive all the changes in the internet marketing world that send most businesses to their graves.
If you're serious about making money online, you'll burn these 4 things I'm about to tell you into your brain...
You should write them on a piece of paper and hang it on your wall right above your computer screen...
Or you should make an image file of these 4 things and make it your computer's desktop background.
Why? While everyone else is chasing shiny objects, you can be steadily building a longterm business.
You'll shrug your shoulders at 99% of new things that come along (because you'll know what REALLY makes money).
Everyone knows there are 1000s of different ways to make money online.
I'm not saying mine are the best ways... but they work for me and they work for other successful internet marketers I know.
Before I reveal these 4 pillars of success, I want to tell you how I think about the term "make money online."
I hate it.
I only used it to get your attention.
Instead of "make money online," you should look at this as BUILDING A REAL BUSINESS.
Go fill out some surveys and join a pay to click site if you want to "make money online."
But if you want to build something that lasts... and brings home more than a nickel here and nickel there... then focus on BUILDING A REAL BUSINESS.
Here are the only 4 things you need to focus on to "make it" online...
And focus on them relentlessly starting right now...
#4: Market Research
Let's take Listbuilding...
Your Google traffic can dry up tomorrow... your Facebook account could get deleted... but with a subscriber list, your traffic is fully in your control.
I grew my first list of 1000 subscribers for free by slapping an opt-in form top and center and offering a free guitar speed report on my guitar blog (it was easy).
Then I started making my commissions every week as I mailed that list.
I was a house painter for $9 an hour in rural South Carolina and believe me, it stung to pay that $20 per month AWeber bill at first, but it's worth it then some.
You can't go cheap on your autoresponder. A free autoresponder will NOT do.
Let's take Copywriting...
This is one of those things NO ONE cares about... Yet it's something you use every day to make money (if you're making money).
So it only makes sense to get the best copywriting training you can.
You'll use your copywriting chops for your e-mails, sales pages, and ads.
The best copywriting teacher to learn from in my opinion is David Garfinkel (known as the World's Greatest Copywriting Coach).
Last thing about copywriting is... you might think your problems have mainly to do with lack of traffic when in reality it's lack of copywriting skills... because good copywriting = traffic... by that I mean you can afford traffic and afford to take the time to generate free traffic if you can convert that traffic into sales and commissions.
Let's take Networking...
The reason why networking is so important is because you mastermind with other internet marketers and learn a lot from them about what's working right NOW.
The second part is joint venture deals and affiliate promotions.
The fastest way to grow a business is by joint venture deals and having affiliates.
Your JV deals can include collaborations on projects with other internet marketers or it can mean sending traffic to eachother's sites...
Or with your relationship with your affiliates you can crush your webpage with traffic without risking a penny buying traffic.
Let's take Market Research...
What I mean by "Market Research" is mainly... Finding out what your customers want so you can keep making them happy.
When you make your customers happy, they make you happy by spending money with you.
You have to have customers in order to find out what people who spend money in your niche want.
There are 2 ways to find out what your customers want that work really well.
1. Do ask campaigns to your subscriber list. This means sending out "I Need Your Help" e-mails and asking them what they want, the biggest reason why they ordered the last product they ordered, or asking them about their biggest problems and frustrations.
2. Do customer Q and A webinars. You'll uncover recurring questions from customers in your Q and A webinars (questions that can turn into products and sales copy). You've got to connect with your customers and find out how you can better serve them. Don't be lazy on this... get down and dirty and take the time to get to know what makes your customers tick.
If you're NOT focusing on giving your customers what they want, then you're fighting an uphill battle... you're marketing "against the current"... You have to give your customers what they want, not what you think they want or what you want.
Note: This is about building a real business so there are no real guarantees. I've only shared the bulletproof methods that work in my business and other successful internet marketers I know. I think it's virtually impossible to fail by using these 4 things correctly, but you never know...