What were your biggest mistakes?

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Good day Warriors!

So I'm just here to spark a discussion of sorts, because I am rather interested in what is on your minds right now. First off, when you were beginners in the field of Online Marketing as a whole, what were the biggest mistakes that you often do, and what do you do to get over these mistakes?

Personally, my mistake is I often expect. My expectations are often huge, and when it all ends up failing, I get huge disappointments as well, that leads to discouragement and depression to continue in the field of online marketing. Failures by expectation often gave me the demotivation to stop working in a specific marketing strategy. My worst disappointment was with a blog that dates back to 2007. I placed in alot of work in there. And when I climbed down the higest expectation tower, I fell down from a distance. I learned a lesson, and that is NOT, no wait, NEVER expect anything.

What are your mistakes?
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  • Profile picture of the author revolution109
    One of the biggest mistakes I was making when I started out was chasing every new money making method and not giving my 100% to it.

    Once I stuck to one method, researched and learnt all about it,implemented it well, I started to profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author khaiez
    My biggest mistake is,not to built a list and when I do, I didn't built a relationship with them.Other,I would say, attractive to the next best thing and didn't focus on what suppose I do.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeac
    My biggest mistake when i first started online marketing was truly believing there was a "push one button, make thousands overnight" system. I came to the harsh reality that there is no such thing, and that you must put hard work and sweat equity if I was going to make it in the online world.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sushiman1111
    Trying to get something perfect before putting it up for sale. That road leads to nowhere fast.

    Of course you need to have quality in anything that you sell. But quality and perfect are two different things. A product can lack a couple of bells and whistles and still be able to help the people who buy it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dustin Lyle
      Originally Posted by Sushiman1111 View Post

      Trying to get something perfect before putting it up for sale. That road leads to nowhere fast.

      Of course you need to have quality in anything that you sell. But quality and perfect are two different things. A product can lack a couple of bells and whistles and still be able to help the people who buy it.

      EXCELLENT words! Reminds me of Steve Job's quote... "Real artists ship".. I think about that quote every day!
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  • Profile picture of the author JimDoyle
    I signed up with a couple of "Gurus" who basically just kept sending me to join products that they were affiliates for. They bragged about how good these products were, so nearly all of us signed up for them only to find they were not nearly as good as they described.
    So if you sign up for any coaching come her to the Warrior forum and see if anyone has heard of them or had dealings with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by JimDoyle View Post

      I signed up with a couple of "Gurus" who basically just kept sending me to join products that they were affiliates for. They bragged about how good these products were, so nearly all of us signed up for them only to find they were not nearly as good as they described.
      So if you sign up for any coaching come her to the Warrior forum and see if anyone has heard of them or had dealings with them.
      They call that one 'magic bullet' syndrome and yes, most beginners go through that. You get wise to it pretty quickly though (hopefully) and you see those people for what they are.

      Someone who is continually sending you to new offers and products is NOT someone who has your best interests at heart. That is someone who has their own interests at heart.

      That's what the unsubscribe button is for.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    one of my biggest mistakes was thinking that I could build a full time income by relying on SEO traffic

    Big mistake

    You can make some good money by creating affiliate and niche sites by relying on SEO traffic but by no means should it be what you rely on to generate most of your online income

    These days i just focus on:

    1. creating more value for my subscribers/buyers
    2. creating more value in the market place
    3. continue to build my list

    this is the simple approach that i now use and it's way easier and more profitable than always relying on those clowns over at google to send me traffic so i can generate an income online
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    I couldn't find my aim at first and it took quite a lot of time to decide what to do. I still regret about that lost time.
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    • Profile picture of the author mcsl
      For me it's scattering my energies on too many things.
      IM can be so vast in different topics and areas that I've learned to be picky and to laser focus my attention. Also don't fall into too many rabbit holes, so to speak, with new and promising Products, schemes.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnTimmins
    I guess in my side I don't treat all of my down lows as failures but experience. Because for me and what Albert Einstein said, "If you don't make mistakes, you haven't experience anything new."
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    • Great shares everyone. I'm surprised that most of the success stories that most of us have here has a grueling mistake applied in the past. I'm very grateful and proud that we have overcame such mistakes. Thanks everyone, keep 'em coming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Do
    I was lack of focus. I stepped into many different markets in the past few years.
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  • Profile picture of the author zspuckl
    My biggest mistake was having a lot of earnings coming from squidoo in a niche before I understood everything about it. Getting to lenses locked that had brought in about $50/month from CB in addition to the regualr lens earnings of 50-100 a month was a big hit, but you learn and you go on!
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  • Profile picture of the author theseohouse
    Do SEO in wrong way. I think this is one biggest mistake that i have done.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunfm
    Great question:

    My biggest mistake was always looking for the next "shiny new toy" and not following through,i would like to think i am now getting better at resisting the temptations now (and there are lots of them in IM).
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  • Profile picture of the author Irmscher
    Working on too many projects at once.
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  • Profile picture of the author Franko Ferencic
    My biggest mistake was, I was determined that I'm going to learn internet marketing by myself and with free resources and information available on the internet. I wasn't willing to invest any money in my education and tools. That lasted for years and I wasted lot's of time with no results. Few months back I decided to let someone to teach me internet marketing and I invested in my education. I got a teacher. It was the best decision I ever made. From then on everything changed! You can learn perhaps many things from eBooks and have some success but from my experience the fastest and the best way is to let someone who knows how to guide you through the steps needed to have success with internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Yep! Getting stuck in TOO many ambition with less result & time consuming.
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  • Great shares! To denysapu, Irmscher, shaunfm, theseohouse, and Do, what did you guys do to overcome these mistakes?
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  • Profile picture of the author raffman999
    Very simple: procrastinating and not taking action soon enough. That's the biggest thing that held me back in the early days.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    My biggest mistake in the beginning was that I was too confident and I did many things without having real knowledge, without making a marketing research or anything. I was sure that I would sell my products because I trusted their value.

    Later I saw that it doesn't matter if your products are really valuable or not. This is not what makes them be purchased by most online users. What matters is first of all if the internet users care about these products, and if you know how to reach your audience.

    You have no way to succeed if you don't know how to market your products, independently of their quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author dukegman
    The biggest mistake that I suffer the most from is that I think a lot about an idea, get real excited by it, do some real research, do some major initial work AND then all of a sudden get another idea sticked in my mind and keep repeating the same. In the end, after spending too much time I realise that all I did was just wasted my time and now I own dozens of car-frames but not even a single complete car.

    My advice:
    Thing about a few ideas, do the initial research to decide which one is a better one, and then totally stick to it with no second thoughts :-)
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    • Originally Posted by dukegman View Post

      The biggest mistake that I suffer the most from is that I think a lot about an idea, get real excited by it, do some real research, do some major initial work AND then all of a sudden get another idea sticked in my mind and keep repeating the same.
      Oh yes, definitely one of the biggest mistakes people do - they get overly excited at an idea but another idea comes, and another idea, and it kinds of snowballs and you'll end up not accomplishing anything. Nice share, and thanks for giving your advice!

      It was trying to put something perfect out there. You get frustrated very quickly. Also not building a list
      Right, right. There's a little perfectionist inside all of us, too bad it becomes a hindrance rather than help. Thanks for the share and the advice, really appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrey Doichev
    It was trying to put something perfect out there. You get frustrated very quickly. Also not building a list

    And also being overhyped at one product. This hype conveniently dies out after you've spend a few hunderd bucks at it.
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