The number one thing people fail to realize that this is a business, it needs to be treated like a business and all basics of business apply.
It doesn't matter if your business is online or off.
You're gonna have to deal with other human beings.
You're gonna have to work and do something everyday to grow your business.
You're going to need a great offer, and advertise your business to people who like those sorts of offers. It doesn't matter if you decide to use free, paid or both.
You'll need to treat your customers like gold, and business will grow slowly over time. It will grow even slower if you don't plan on investing any time or money.
Now you didn't really expect to click a software 5 times and make a million bucks did you?
Do you have realistic expectations coming in, or are you blinded by the big numbers, pictures of half naked bimbos and fancy cars.
Why am I so successful?
Because I don't jump from fancy gizmo to fancy gizmo.
I apply proven business strategies that have been around long before the internet, I am just using them in a way that can be utilized online.
I work every day, sometimes all day. Sometimes all day and all night.
If the internet were to vanish tomorrow, I would be able to use the same principles I use now to build a business offline.
If I had an apple farm or an online business I would use the exact same principles. If I did have an apple farm I would obviously want to build a list of contacts that, consisted of bakers and super markets to sell to.
1. Offer (apples)
2. Market (bakers and super markets)
3. Reach (phone, walk-in, direct mail, farmers markets)
You see those are the principles.
Here is how it would be applied online
1. Offer (fancy weight loss gizmo)
2. Market (body builders, hefty folks , sexy people who want to stay that way)
3. Reach (buy ads on weight loss and body building forums and sites, contact other website and product owners to set up strategic partnership, just to name a few)
When you stop asking "how can I make money" and start asking yourself "how can I build a business" then you'll be in a much better position to succeed.