10,000 posts - my lessons learned.

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Hi Warriors,

Since I have hit another post milestone I wanted to give something back to the community.

Here are a few of the biggest lessons I've learned about IM since I joined the forum, hopefully they'll resonate with your own journey.

1 - ALWAYS have your own mind.

I know all the saying about "success leaves a trail" and "learn from others to save yourself time" etc. etc. but if there's one thing I've learned in this forum over the years it's that everyone is on their own journey and you have to be in control of yours.

By all means, learn from others and help yourself move forward, but please please please do not expect that other people are going to come up with your business plan for you, or that you can start a business online by reading a few WSOs and then thinking you can take your pick of successful business models.

The number 1 thing which will determine your success is YOU - not the business model you have.

You can make any system fail.

You can make any good system succeed.

No matter what others tell you - make your own decisions, test your own theories, believe your own results.

Marketing is pretty easy when you cut through all the BS and just create your own plan and then test everything you do and improve the stuff that doesn't work.


2 - Don't expect overnight success.

Sure it's possible but it's highly unlikely.

Lack of realistic expectations is the cause of many people giving up before they've ever given themselves a chance to succeed.

Any normal offline business starts out with the expectation that they won't be profitable for at least 18 months. If you think you can start from nothing and make a full time income in a few weeks - think again.

Don't beat yourself up about your results - if you're making any money then you're probably ahead of most people.


3 - IM is real. It's not all hype.

Over the time I've been a forum member in the WF I've physically met over 200 warriors in person and among them have been some amazing people that are out there paying their bills using IM.

It's not all hype and BS.

I understand why you may think that and we've probably all been bitten by buying a WSO thinking it sounded great and then realised we'd been lied to.

Don't let the trash, idiots and liars put you off - you can make it succeed. (see rule 2)


4 - Don't hung up on SEO

Yes Google changes its algorithms, but that doesn't mean you can't get your website visited by lots of people, you don't have to care about every algorithm change, and if anyone tells you there's a shortcut to getting good rankings - check if they're selling seo services (and don't buy).

The world of SEO in 2013 is no harder than anytime previously, as always the rules keep changing - but the game stays the same. Just take a look at what Google shows you when you search and keep that in mind when you build your site. If your search shows images - use images, if it returns videos - use videos, if it returns news - use press releases.

This stuff really isn't hard so don't let people confuse you, use your brain.

5 - Expect success.

You may have started your online business with no previous experience of business, of making great money or of success at anything else in life - but the reality is, if you take your time, learn your business and don't give up, success is just a matter of time.


6 - Don't be gullible.

You know when something is too good to be true.

Don't let your ambition for quick results short-circuit your brain and make you buy things you know won't work.

Shiny object syndrome is one of IMs biggest distractions.

Don't buy anything that you didn't already decide you needed for your business.


7 - Half done - ain't Done!

Failure to finish and launch is a common problem.

Rather than say the same thing, I'll point to you this video of fellow Warrior Marlon Sanders.

It was taken a few years ago (I think 2004) and I was behind the camera at the time and laughing the whole time and fellow warrior Martin Avis showed it at a recent workshop and it reminded me how great it is - his simple message is powerful.


Enjoy!
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Your friend in online success

Andy Henry
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerway
    Thanks for your post and congratulations
    on your consistency and belief in your online business!
    You have realistic approach on online business like everyone
    should have in any type of business.

    And yes, there are lot of hype and BS on internet,
    but I found that I've got a lot of valuable info
    from warrior forum community and I really appreciate it!
    As you said planing, action and consistency is the key.
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  • Profile picture of the author mike gregory
    That video is absolutely hilarious "You Got To Get The Product DURN!!!"

    Thanks for the great post Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

    1 - ALWAYS have your own mind.
    Yessir. Whatever you say sir.

    Seriously, great post. And congrats on hitting 10,000.


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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

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    The world of SEO in 2013 is no harder than anytime previously, as always the rules keep changing - but the game stays the same. Just take a look at what Google shows you when you search and keep that in mind when you build your site. If your search shows images - use images, if it returns videos - use videos, if it returns news - use press releases.

    This stuff really isn't hard so don't let people confuse you, use your brain.
    Yes that's how it should be. Google algorithm keeps changing and so should we change our SEO techniques.


    Great post and congratulations on 10000 posts..
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  • Profile picture of the author ricoramiro
    Hey Andyhenry,

    That's very good post with excellent advice that's helpful to everyone on the forum. You actually have an entire article that's well written and jam packed with actionable advice.

    My hats off to!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Thanks for the post & the vid.

    Very valuable kick in the pants about completing products. I have some, and they sell. I'm 90% done completing the membership site I'm moving them to for delivery--need to hook up the paypal stuff. And I was kind of excited about that. But guess what? It ain't done. So it isn't doing a thing for me.

    EDIT: 2 days later & it's up and running.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hi Andy:
    I agree with you. Like you are right on the money.

    However, I would add - good copy.

    Actually, copy can be the difference between one percent conversion and nine percent conversion.

    That is probably the most valuable skill we can possess.

    All the best to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mostafa999
    wow 10000 posts Congrats !!!! very solid points you got there in ur post
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Andy,

    Over the years your name has been associated with well thought out, helpful posts for the most part. That reminds me that I need to dig up and review again some of your epic challenge posts from years ago (help the newbie types).

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and helping the WF become the best place to learn about online business.

    Looking forward to many more tidbits of wisdom in the future.

    Mark
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    Point number 2 resonates very deeply.

    It reminds me of this photo right here:

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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Andy,

    I have seen many of these types of threads through the years but this one is outstanding. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    I liked all the points but #4 hit the nail on the head even for seasoned Warriors that turned inside out in 2012.

    I am glad Mike mentioned the video because I was just about to log off to get some R and R. That was one of the funniest ones I have ever seen that actually was making an important point at the same time.

    There should be a place here at WF for sticky videos.

    Everyone should watch this video to start 2013!

    I never add big blue letters like that but I could not help it. Tears are still streaming down my face from laughter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Janice Sperry View Post

      Andy,

      I have seen many of these types of threads through the years but this one is outstanding. Thanks for taking the time to share.

      I liked all the points but #4 hit the nail on the head even for seasoned Warriors that turned inside out in 2012.

      I am glad Mike mentioned the video because I was just about to log off to get some R and R. That was one of the funniest ones I have ever seen that actually was making an important point at the same time.

      There should be a place here at WF for sticky videos.

      Everyone should watch this video to start 2013!

      I never add big blue letters like that but I could not help it. Tears are still streaming down my face from laughter.

      Thanks - Yes Marlon is a great person to learn from - you never forget what he teaches. That video was almost 10 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Well done and well-said Andy! Wow, hope I can reach 10,000 and be able to accomplish just as much. Kudos!
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    • Profile picture of the author donhx
      Congratulations on reaching 10,000 posts. How many times did you just say, "I agree." Hey, that's a joke!

      Thanks too for the common sense of your milestone post. Basic and valuable.
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  • Profile picture of the author erwin78
    Hi everyone

    nice advice thanks!

    But I see time over over again that
    people make the same mistakes


    So it is good to say about it!


    All the best

    Erwin
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Nice post, Andy. Newbies take note, that's experience talking the truth right there.

    Congrats on 10,000. I'm sure quite a few of those thanks I've given out were on many of your posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
    Thanks, very well stated. As for Internet Marketing. I have been making my living exclusively on the internet for 12 years, it can be done, but you have to stick with it. Forget about that "only work 4 hours a week" stuff. For full time pay, make it a full time job.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Great post! I will remember this list when I start working on my internet marketing business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Way cool Andy, 10,000 helpful posts.

    Marlon is always such fun. He did an hour and a half of his motivational brand of practical advice at the first Warrior Event. Where does he get the energy?

    I had all good intentions to finish writing this post, but because there are...



    :-Don
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    Andyhenry


    10,000 POSTS!!!! holy toldeo batman!!

    great job.

    hope this comes back at your 10,000 fold in great things

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  • Profile picture of the author Henry B
    Hi Andy,

    Congrats on the 10k+ posts.

    Just think of all the people that you have helped along the way. That is something very special when you sit back and think about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Great post. I definitely need to be blazing my own path!
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    Thanks for sharing Andy. Congrat. on reaching a decade of posts.
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    Love those tips, Andy. I agree with all of them. I especially love points 2, 4, and 6
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    Great post Andy, I've been reading your stuff for awhile, pure gold.
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    • Profile picture of the author adadsreview
      Thanks Andy for sharing your wisdom, time, and thoughts over the years with those of us who seek honesty in this field. I sincerely appreciate this post! You're an awesome asset to this community and also to those who follow you outside of the WF.

      Congratulations on your 10K milestone and I hope to read more from you in the future. BTW, loved the video! Cheers and thanks again...

      Rob
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    Thanks for the great tips...learn something valuable here
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    Awesome tips and i LOVE that mining pic. Gona save it.lol
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post


    5 - Expect success.
    7 - Half done - ain't Done!
    Agree totally. If you have an attitude of "I can do this", you will find a way.

    Number 7 - Sigh ... That is a lesson that I have learnt time and time again

    Di
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    thank you very much Andy ,very important and helpful information
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    You are someone who has always spoken good sense here and a lot of newbies would do well to heed this advice.

    Great post Andy and congrats on your 10K post.

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    • Profile picture of the author Loumonchu
      Thanks for the GREAT post Andy and also the vid of Marlon (that guy has such a unique way of teaching lol...love it). CONGRATS on reaching 10,000...I'm working on getting to my first 50 lol, but How do ya Eat an Elephant? One Bite at a Time! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Wow, 10k posts
    Congrats on you. I love your advice. Thank you.
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    Really solid advice, thanks buddy.

    I've never seen 10 thousand before.
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    10,000. Holy cow. Well as long as you've been yacking it up in here so hard for so long, maybe we can all say "thanks" for making it worth listening to you. Cheers to the next 10,000.
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    Nice one Andy, congrats on a great milestone and thanks for being a great member of the Warrior Forum community.
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    great list!! thanks for sharing and congratulations for hitting 10K posts.
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    Amazing!! 10k posts. Going to take me a long while to even hit 1k. Great job!
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    Super Congrats On 10k..Also loved the Video..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sushiman1111
    "Marketing is pretty easy when you cut through all the BS and just create your own plan and then test everything you do and improve the stuff that doesn't work."
    Gold. All the other stuff is good too (thanks, Andy!), but this is pure gold.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavster
    Andy, re your point #3, I feel into that trap when I first joined the forum, I bought a WSO and when I couldn't get it to work I requested a refund. The seller disappeared without trace and I lost faith in the forum so avoided it.

    Lesson I learned, big mistake to avoid the forum, I am now on here everyday and realise what a fool I had been to stay away, there are many good people on here who actually help others, and to those guys I say Thanks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author pavster
    can anyone help me here please, how can I find out if the illustration 'dont-give-up' is copyrighted?
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  • Profile picture of the author kayode10
    Big Thnaks to you Andy Henry, I felt lucky to have come across your post, it contains a great message and carries a lots of substance. More of it from you guy. Brilliant.
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    and keep it simple stupid
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