How to stick with the one idea?

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Hi people,

I'm not a complete newcomer to IM but I've dabbled with some small projects and of course had no success. The key word here is "dabbled", and I know that's the reason that success has not come my way..yet.

I'm not sure if it's just me but as soon as I get a good idea (at least I think it's good) in my head I register a domain, install wordpress and then...nothing, I don't know where to start. I write some articles sure, but then doubt creeps in.
"Am I wasting my time on this niche? There seems to be better sites than mine out there. How can I make money from this? What if I spend months or even years on this project and have nothing to show for it? "

Are these common issues with people? I have begun an acne site, and I really want to provide regular, quality content, but again I ask myself can I compete with more established sites. Maybe I'm of the belief that I must find some untapped niche and it will be easy to dominate.

I guess I just want to ask if it's possible to be competitive in any niche, given time? I keep thinking the acne niche will be almost impossible to be successful in, even though I know my subject.

There just seems to be so many IM sites and products offering massively conflicting advice that it's so difficult to know what to do, and what to stick to.

Thanks for any help,

James
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  • Profile picture of the author torrent
    I'm not convinced by your post that you have shiny object syndrome, but perhaps more of a mental roadblock to achieving what you've set out to do. For me, when I set out to do something it's not necessarily the fear of failure that holds me back, but the fear that what I produce will not be perfect. Even discovering that much about myself has been a challenge. A good mindset book can set you free from limiting beliefs. One of the things I have taken to lately is the phrase, "Perfect is the enemy of good." If I strive for perfection, I may just end up paralyzed with fear.

    A few items about this phrase to see if it's applicable to you:
    Perfect is the enemy of good - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...the-enemy-good
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      Thanks for the reply torrent,

      I know that the mental roadblock you mention is one of the biggest factors holding me back. When I create a site I feel it needs to live up to my expectations, and if it doesn't than it is automatically a failure, regardless of whether other people are impressed.

      What you mention makes a lot of sense, becoming so paralysed with fear that you are afraid to take action, just in case the result is not up to my high standard.

      I could spend hours fiddling with a blog post just to get an image in the right position or making sure all the text is in line with each other. I will definitely check out those links.

      By the way, did you manage to deal the the mental roadblocks?
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      • Profile picture of the author torrent
        Originally Posted by jimbob28 View Post

        By the way, did you manage to deal the the mental roadblocks?
        I see overcoming mental roadblocks as part of ongoing personal development. I manage to deal with one roadblock one day, only to come across some other limiting belief another day that I must overcome. SamuelCarter is smart to point to the Mind Warriors section of the forum.

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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by jimbob28 View Post

        What you mention makes a lot of sense, becoming so paralysed with fear that you are afraid to take action, just in case the result is not up to my high standard.

        I could spend hours fiddling with a blog post just to get an image in the right position or making sure all the text is in line with each other. I will definitely check out those links.
        I used to do that a lot. Some will tell you they are a perfectionist and that's why they spend so long trying to get things looking right, and that's exactly what I used to tell myself. I don't think it's the case though. It's just a form of procrastination because as you said, you are too scared that if you put something into action, it will fail.

        An idea sitting on your computer still has the opportunity to go well or go bad, right? So it's much easier to sit on that idea and prolong it than to actually finish it and get it infront of people. It's the same reason people sit on their lottery tickets for weeks. As soon as they go and check that lotto ticket they know they will be told they didn't win and the dream is over. But so long as that lotto ticket remains unchecked, in their eyes they still have the potential of being the winner.

        You need to change. No one else can do if for you. You need to stop procrastinating and realize that yes, not every idea you try will work. But the more ideas you try the faster you will get to the one that does work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    "Am I wasting my time on this niche? There seems to be better sites than mine out there. How can I make money from this? What if I spend months or even years on this project and have nothing to show for it? "
    These are all valid questions that really should have been asked BEFORE you jumped into the niche and built a site.

    If you don't know if there's a demand for your site, how you're going to make money, what you can offer that other's are not then you've gotten ahead of yourself. Sort this out first THEN decide whether to get into the niche.

    Unless of course you enjoy the subject at hand and don't mind writing about it, that way you'll not worry so much if the cash doesn't flow instantly. Not sure how many people enjoy writing about acne however.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      I know there is a demand in my chosen niche, so I don't believe that's the problem. I have researched a lot of niches, even using Market Samurai, and have found both profitable and in demand niches (suppose they go hand in hand).

      The problem I have is probably more of a mental block to be honest. The other niches are about subjects I know little about, so I often wonder if I can create the content.

      I would love to hear suggestions of relatively simple ways of creating a small site, and monetizing it. I know that making money online takes a LOT of work but I feel I need to see even the smallest glimmer of success to build confidence. It's so easy to get distracted by the vast amount of information out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Hey,

    Yeah sounds like you start off and then doubt sets in which can be frustrating as you begin to question what you are doing and then this draws in negativity and without you knowing you are only re enforcing negativity in your subconsciousness.

    You should try and improve your mindset and if you start something, you should see it through, prove to yourself you can do, which your more then capable.

    There's Many which also suffer from loss of focus or self doubt, its not meant to be easy, otherwise everyone would be successful, sometimes when we need that last push we give up.

    There is a section in WF -
    Mind Warriors - Success, Power, Self-Improvement

    Its really good, Need to condition your mindset, But ultimately i don't know your niche or if its good to get into, as im assuming you've done all the research right?

    Just focus and make it a success, or follow through and you know, that can be just one of your sites. sometimes when we make websites, 9 maybe failures but there's that 1 site which is the cash cow...

    But don't doubt yourself and follow it through!

    Samuel
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      Hi Samuel,

      Thanks for the reply,

      Deep down I know I am capable, I've never really failed at much in my life or career..but that's perhaps because I am often afraid to take risks.

      I'm the type of person who if I don't see tangible results I believe I must be doing something wrong. I know that I need to break down the mental barriers, because it is those that's causing the self doubt..unfortunately these doubts happen AFTER I've got a site up and running. Talk about a pain in the..

      Thanks for the advice though, definitely going to have a read of the link,

      James
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      • Profile picture of the author torrent
        Originally Posted by jimbob28 View Post

        I'm the type of person who if I don't see tangible results I believe I must be doing something wrong.
        As much as you understand the concept of working hard to achieve, my experience speaking with other IM'ers is that even without expecting "fast cash" or "instant riches" we often still fall into a trap of expecting our first affiliate sale or AdSense click to happen soon and often within our first handful of visitors. You have to look past that!

        When you're in tried and true niches already, you just need to continue to produce content and traffic until you have enough to feel you have properly tested the niche with your approach and are ready to move on, or you have started seeing success as you have defined it.

        But like RockingLastsForever and theory expert are saying, it's the ACTION that matters. And MASSIVE action can beat small, incremental action online and offline. Not always true, of course, (a tortoise can beat the hare,) but either way, ACTION over getting too distracted into mindset and shiny object syndrome.
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      • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
        Hey,

        So interesting you mentioned this

        "I've never really failed at much in my life or career..but that's perhaps because I am often afraid to take risks"

        Now in there you are already saying, never failed at much? Afraid to take risks,


        Honestly, I have failed so so many times! But you quickly learn, let me tell you that !

        You are bound to mess up and fail here and there but thats all part of the bigger picture. Its only human to associate PAIN with FAILURE/RISKS
        so we generally avoid taking the risk as ultimately we are trying to avoid the PAIN aspect. I'm Not a psychologist but there are a lot of videos on mindset on you tube and i think Tony Robbins is an expert when it comes to motivation/mindset.

        Seeing Result...

        Sometimes we can work for hours,days, months and the result we see can be depressing and makes you question what you are doing and if its worth? Whats the easy option? 9-5 - Working and knowing you get that fixed money coming in.

        Some one once told me JOB stands for JUST-OVER-BROKE.

        So what i would do is when it gets difficult and things get difficult and maybe instances of financial tightness- Keep focused , no matter what.

        When you you set the sites up, make more then one, Keep a list of objectives for the day of what you wish to accomplish specifically for that day. Organize what you need to be doing, whether writing content, submitting articles, promoting and so on.

        I mean some times it can be difficult when asking for some reassurance, and some one to tell you everything will work out? Well i am TELLING you, stay committed and focused and YOU WILL PERSEVERE.

        Just keep a list of what you want to achieve in a years time. Ill check up in a years time, and hopefully you stay focused and on point, then you can tell me how things all worked out

        Hitting that wall, All have been there, whether before or now. Just get a bigger sledge hammer and break it down.

        Samuel
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    I know what you mean. When you have different interest and there is no certainty what will work one tends to get distracted. You start to thinking if I did something else that probably would reap me that $$$ and off to tahiti with my whole family.

    Seriously, there is no easy answer. It is what it is, and, what it is, is YOU sticking to one thing. No amount of encouragement, asking questions, journaling, meditating, crying, eating ice cream, phone conversations, pills, crystals, or, amulets will replace ACTION. This will be the same because the universe could give 2 cents about anything else you say, or, wish. She dont have no sympathy. JUST GOT TO DO IT!!!!!! She is results oriented.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      I just need a good kick up the arse to be honest! I've been wrestling with ideas constantly but I'm gonna have to stick to the one site I'm working on. Now if I could find some way of shutting down the computer if I so much as even attempt to look at another niche idea...
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Using tools like Market Samurai is fine to an extent BUT it's not, IMO, a reliable way to know if a niche is going to be worthwhile or profitable. You need to do more manual research to find that out.

    If you know nothing about the niche then it's probably not wise to get involved. Seriously how can you create content on something you know little about, it will be generic and basic at best.

    If you're getting distracted by information then stop reading, stop buying products and just do some work on your site. Write articles, promote those articles, drive traffic, build your list.

    You say you don't like taking risks. Setting up a website is hardly a risk so that's a poor excuse. It's going to be much harder to stay motivated and work on it if you've no interest in the subject so pick something you know about and just work away on it. Make sure you have a plan first to see how it's going to get traffic, make money and so on though.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      Thanks for the advice,

      Think because I'm relatively new to this I tend to overcomplicate things, expecting to know everything before I start. I will learn as I go. I do enjoy the writing aspect, so I've no fear about content..damn it I'll work on my one and only site until I make it a success.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Do you like / have experience with any of the niches you've jumped into?

    I tend to have no problem cranking out tons of decent content readers like when I focus on niches I love. I stick to 6 niches these days and I have a list of topics that grows faster than I can get to it (and I publish a lot). I've been in niches for the money and made squat.

    Highly competitive niches aren't a problem if you know what you're talking about.

    If you're in a niche you love, you create something great and will be able to monetize it in some way.

    If you write what you know and love, it will be good. Design is much less important. My websites are nothing fancy, but my content is decent. I don't really care much about design. I rely on templates. I prefer getting to profitability asap and then tweak design to see if it makes a difference.

    Look at it this way. If you stick to one niche you know a lot about and publish just one decent article a day, you'll have over 300 posts in one year. With a little promotion and as long as it's decent content, you'll attract visitors.

    Fortunately, most sites aren't very good so you don't need perfection to get rolling.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
      hi jgant,

      One thing I am passionate about is history..I could talk for hours on the subject. But to be honest I can only see it being an informational site,have no idea what I could promote.

      I struggle to find other things I am really passionate about, so I think I went for the safe option of choosing a niche that I do have knowledge of..even if I have to say I don't love the topic.
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      • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
        Originally Posted by jimbob28 View Post

        hi jgant,

        One thing I am passionate about is history..I could talk for hours on the subject. But to be honest I can only see it being an informational site,have no idea what I could promote.

        I struggle to find other things I am really passionate about, so I think I went for the safe option of choosing a niche that I do have knowledge of..even if I have to say I don't love the topic.
        All entrepreneurs struggle with what you have, at some point on their journey, it is part of the process.

        Sounds to me like you were building sites based on potential, but not that you liked really. That is going to be a hard path to follow, for sure. You don't have to build a company around a deep passion or love, but you do have to have some interest in the subject.

        If you want some ideas about how history could earn money, check out the History channel.
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      • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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        Originally Posted by jimbob28 View Post

        hi jgant,

        One thing I am passionate about is history..I could talk for hours on the subject. But to be honest I can only see it being an informational site,have no idea what I could promote.

        I struggle to find other things I am really passionate about, so I think I went for the safe option of choosing a niche that I do have knowledge of..even if I have to say I don't love the topic.
        Maybe you should target your focus on history forums where students teachers and possibly tv network blogs are at. I'd also go to amazon to see what kind of educational materials are being sold. For instance, imagine if you were into ancient history landmarks you could see what the market for tourism books are, cities, towns, etc. If you can transfer your knowledge into modern day metaphors then you might be on to something. Look at what Robert Greene done for instance.He turned ancient warriors into a virtual self help book, dating, self reliance, persuasion, etc. His latest book is about the old masters, and, apprenticeships, and self mastery.

        If you explain what your love for history is in a particular area I am sure I could give you a suggestion at least.
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        • Profile picture of the author jimbob28
          Apologies for being so vague, realising now that "history" might be a tad broad:rolleyes:

          While I like all things historical, medieval history (specifically military) is where I get excited...sad I know

          I was always under the impression that there are 2 main types of internet users, buyers and lurkers (or information seekers) so I perhaps naively assumed that history would only interest information seekers rather than buyers.

          Is it possible to be successful in such a niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    I doubt there hasn't ever been a person in business who doesn't have self-doubt to one degree or another.

    After all, there are no guarantees of success with any project so self-doubt is inevitable, reasonable and perfectly natural. That little voice never really ever goes away but you learn to live with it.

    Having been in this game for 13 years, I'd say the best way to work through it is to focus on one project that's not going to take more than 2-3 months to see the light of day. That way, even if it crashes and burns, you haven't wasted too much time and can start work on a new project without too much mental confirmation of your original doubt.

    Plan on doing 2 or 3 projects in a year rather than one big one. It's better to have your eggs spread amongst multiple baskets so this approach helps with that too.

    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author Dorian Anthony
      I completely sympathize with your situation. It's normal to have doubt, but eventually you'll get so tired of not making money, that you will take consistent action on one project. I have a very strong reason WHY I want to make money and that pushes me forward every day. It may take you some time to find your reason WHY, but in the meantime, don't beat yourself up about it. Continue to do a little bit of work every day. Nothing is set in stone. The most important thing is to get RESULTS. If they are not the results you want, share them anyway. Someone else can learn from your experience and they will be appreciative of that. If you get enough results that you don't want, you're bound to get one BIG result you DO WANT. Think of how great it will feel to share that with others. My point is, if your afraid to take action, you'll never have any results. That's not a place you want to be.

      Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Well 'history' is a far too broad subject to make a site about. What specific part of history are you most interested or knowledgeable about? If you drilled down and focused on a very specific part of history you could sell books, DVDs, memorabilia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    So sell them medieval books, DVDs, educational stuff, memrobilia, tours...I don't know but there's options I'm sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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    Honestly, sticking with one idea can be very hard when your mind is filled with useful ideas. I understand the feeling. You just have to settle down and work on one thing at a time and focus on that one thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyber Star
    I stumble the idea of making tumblr as a traffic generator while I'm writing my Amazon product review.
    It is quite simple, when you encounter with awesome ideas in the middle of your activity, you should write it down, so you can understand how to do it later. Some of warrior thread is something that is started from wild idea when we are working online. Use that notepad in your desktop and write your own unique idea for a later use.
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