If you could go back in time...

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If you could go back in time and give yourself one tip that would help you make money what would it be?

For me it would be to stop procrastinating and just make a start.

Also, what type of internet marketing would you most like to learn or be better at? (hope I don't get a whole bunch of mobile marketing as offers )

What type of internet marketing is your favourite/which are you best at?
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Elss
    If I could go back and start over knowing what i know today, building a list would be what I would do no questions asked.
    As far as the tip? stay away from the WSO section:p
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    • Profile picture of the author TravisO
      Originally Posted by Daniel Elss View Post

      If I could go back and start over knowing what i know today, building a list would be what I would do no questions asked.
      As far as the tip? stay away from the WSO section:p
      So much right. Lists has become very important and it is one of the most best foundation in IM biz.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I'd invest in Google, buy a dictionary, and invest everything in Google & domain names.

    Depending upon how far I went back, I might just buy Google outright, and hire some computer science graduates to create a beast SEO system before anyone else knew what was happening.

    Oh yeah.

    I'd own the warriorforum too.

    And tell Frank Kern to start selling high priced products.

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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    I would make some investments

    But in terms of advice, I would tell myself to get to work now.

    I always assumed, too big of results would happen to me with too little work.
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  • Profile picture of the author biggerplay
    I would of bought a load of domain names. Makes you wonder if the same kinds of opportunities abound these days, things which will be worth a 100 times more in 20 years time online, I'm thinking probably not.
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  • Profile picture of the author eserling
    I would advise myself to stop relying on others in the beginning of my business years and take the time to learn all the processes myself before I delegated the work out. That way you can keep tabs on your workers and know how well they're performing. Plus if they decide to quit you're not screwed over by not knowing how to operate the systems they were running or not being able to do the tasks they were hired to do. In the end the only person you can rely on is YOURSELF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
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    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    If you could go back in time and give yourself one tip that would help you make money what would it be?
    Don't get married.
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    • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
      Originally Posted by Horny Devil View Post

      Don't get married.

      Too funny. Horny Devils should never get married!
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      • Profile picture of the author RKeele
        Simple answer, I would have started doing IM many years ago. Why did I wait so long to have this freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author dhaniramkesari
    Probably the best advice I could give myself is to just do it. I think that's a real problem with people who are trying to start a business online. "Think an Grow Rich" was great to get the ball rolling.

    I would love to be a better affiliate. I've tried a lot in that area of IM but just haven't seen the results I want.

    I can't say what I'm best at because I'm leaving the affiliate marketing world in hopes of being more successful at product creation.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    If I could go back in time knowing what I know now, I would go to school but never get a job or start an IM business.

    Instead, I would live a comfortable life of leisure making money by sports betting on games I already know the outcome of.

    Funny to ask "If you had the power to go back in time what would you do?"

    And the answer is "I would work harder" or "I wouldn't procrastinate".

    You actually don't have to go back in time for that.

    But to take some serious advantage of the 2008 market crash?

    If you're gonna fantasize... may as well fantasize BIG.

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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    I would probably start building a list right from the beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author martimoney
    I would have learned how to build a highly optimized sales funnel with my own products prior to building my first list of subscribers. Oh the money I left on the table my first two years in this business...

    And agree with the above poster, avoid the WSO impulse buy syndrome : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    If I could go back and start over I would never go to work for somebody. It would be much better to become your own boss since the beginning.
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      If I could go back in time, this is what I would do.

      I would not be selling any affiliate programs that paid me a one time commission. I have generated well over 3000+ sales in the past 4 years and from those sales, I have no residual income coming in.

      If I had to start all over again, I would work with 2 tier residual income programs only.

      Originally Posted by Servicy View Post

      If I could go back and start over I would never go to work for somebody. It would be much better to become your own boss since the beginning.
      Yeah, that is the easy decision but when you have no money coming in how are you going to support yourself and your family?
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      • Profile picture of the author IMstarter
        Originally Posted by celente View Post

        tell myself to harden the eff up, and build a list.

        Its the single thing that can really quadruple your business fast! no joke!
        Building lists is extremely important. Along with making a blog/site it is always the first thing I do.

        Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

        If I could go back in time, this is what I would do.

        I would not be selling any affiliate programs that paid me a one time commission. I have generated well over 3000+ sales in the past 4 years and from those sales, I have no residual income coming in.

        If I had to start all over again, I would work with 2 tier residual income programs only.
        I completely agree. I don't even consider affiliate programs that pay a one time commission no matter how good the commission is. Or if I do it won't get as much attention as the recurring commission programs. Recurring income is key.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    tell myself to harden the eff up, and build a list.

    Its the single thing that can really quadruple your business fast! no joke!
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    If I really could go back, then I won't get scammed again. That's the worst experience with me which i can never forget. And for the money making tip, I'd have got into affiliate marketing and building a list right from the first day.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Unrelated to IM: I would not have squandered my years as a professional musician. Back then (1977-1997) I always figured I had time to do more with it; even though I'd done a lot, I was always helping others make the big time instead of investing in myself. Health issues forced me into retirement from that career. So yeah, I would look after #1 if I had to do it over again.

      Related to IM: Started in 1999, and spent years chasing shiny things and promises of shiny things. Knowing what I know now, I would finish that first website and monetize it as intended. The plans I had for that site were way ahead of their time, and were to contain everything possible to do on the Web (social networking, news feeds, interactive audio/video, and more), things that are all the rage today.

      Unfortunately, I had WADD (Web Attention Deficit Disorder), and blew it.

      So yes, I would definitely change that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    For me, it would be to take one project all the way through to
    completion, and profitability, before starting the next.

    I started many projects that I never finished because something
    else caught my attention and I allowed myself to be pulled away
    from one project to start another one that looked better.

    Many of the projects that I got out into the marketplace weren't
    profitable, but could have been made profitable with just a little
    tweaking of the copy. Instead of putting a little effort into
    split-testing, I often dropped those projects too soon, moving
    on to another project. Some of those projects I went back to later,
    tweaked them a little and voila, they became profitable

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author revg
    Google adword arbitrage by linking directly to affiliate links! and BANK as much I possibly can before it the gravy train ends then use that money to start a real sustainable online business.
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    • Profile picture of the author tdj
      I would learn copywriting first, then create a sales funnel with my own products, build a list, pay affiliates 80-100% commissions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    If I could go back in time, I would never sell my first SEO blog...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Somehow I don't think if I was able to go back in time, that IM would be on my mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    - Would work on a project until its completion
    - Don't be afraid to get things out quickly then improve afterwards.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Smith18
    I'd stop moving between so many different projects. I found it so easy getting caught up in new guides and projects, and I couldn't focus all my attention on the one. Stick with one thing, and don't stop until you succeed with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author rossm
    Stay focused on one objective and stop trying to spin too many plates.

    Also, I would have researched my traffic methods more thoroughly, lost a bit of money there.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMstarter
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      If I could go back in time, I would never sell my first SEO blog...
      You say you sold your first seo blog. Could you link to the second? I would like to read it.



      Focusing on one thing seems to be a common problem with IMs and I must admit I often suffer from that temptation
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      • Profile picture of the author Adie
        Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

        You say you sold your first seo blog. Could you link to the second? I would like to read it.



        Focusing on one thing seems to be a common problem with IMs and I must admit I often suffer from that temptation
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennwith2ns
    I would also buy all the domain names I could afford!
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  • Profile picture of the author Karupted Charlie
    Mine would be branching out. Just because a specific market is your best producing does not mean it always will be. Having eggs in other baskets allows you to pick up on new tricks as well as insure yourself against a niche market collapse.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jsollee
    If I could go back in time, I definitely would not have bought all the shiny objects that just seem to sit on my computer...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by IMstarter View Post

    If you could go back in time and give yourself one tip that would help you make money what would it be?

    For me it would be to stop procrastinating and just make a start.

    Also, what type of internet marketing would you most like to learn or be better at? (hope I don't get a whole bunch of mobile marketing as offers )

    What type of internet marketing is your favourite/which are you best at?
    • I would have created my own products sooner.
    • I would have created a membership website around each product line I built.
    • I would have built a list sooner.
    • I would have trademarked a couple of really cool-sounding brand names sooner.
    • I would have invested in paid advertising sooner.
    • I would have harnessed the power of free publicity sooner.
    • I would have spent less time coaching and more time selling.
    • I would have broken up with the unsupportive girlfriend much, much sooner.
    • I would have put away the TV a lot sooner.
    • I would have attended a seminar a lot sooner.
    I really couldn't just pick one, because some of them were equally as important.

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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    If I could go back in time I would read many posts in this forum everyday and study internet marketing very well before making costly mistakes.

    I would never believe that I stopped being a newbie and that I know enough. I would keep studying forever.

    I would prepare a smart business plan and I would use free platforms to test my skills and put the lessons I had learned into practice.

    Then, I would hire Warriors to do for me the things I don't know (like building my websites) instead of trusting service providers from very dangerous websites like Elance and Odesk.







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  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    If I could give myself a tip, it would be get a one on one coach.

    Of course a coach who can teach, is without any shadow of a doubt is successful at what I want to learn and responds relatively quickly to emails from (buyers and non buyers).

    Something I believe is the most important thing to learn in IM is to drive traffic. Yes, conversion is important but without traffic we can't talk about conversion.

    Something I like is seeing the result of what I do in the analytics. However, when the results are not great it may not be pleasurable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lena Williams
    I have got no regrets what I have now. Because I firmly believe, it is never too late at any work. Do not get stressed by thinking about I could have this tip etc.
    Don't get married.
    Its too late for you I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    It would be "Stick with one thing until you master it"
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    • Profile picture of the author Fredbou
      Stop procrastinating , believe in yourself and never give up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Social App Zone
    All that has happened prior to the present has already happened. You can’t go back and tinker with the past, you can only go back and observe how it was.

    Therefore, you can go back in time and watch reruns of how much you sucked at getting to where you are now
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    If I could go back like 4 years ago, I would tell myself to focus on one project at a time and continue working on it until it gets as big as it could get. But then again, I don't think my younger self would listen to me at all
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    • Profile picture of the author Carny
      Originally Posted by Nail Yener View Post

      If I could go back like 4 years ago, I would tell myself to focus on one project at a time and continue working on it until it gets as big as it could get.
      That's great advice. I'm still guilty of having too many projects going at one time. It's a hard habit to break.

      But if I could only give myself one tip, it would be to diversify income streams, instead of relying on SEO alone, since one Penguin, Panda, Gooney Bird update can take it all away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
    If I could turn back time, I would like to change my course into something computer related. This way I don't have to worry about codes and how to fix my computer because those were my problem when I start working online.
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  • Profile picture of the author denson
    I wold start internet marketing much earlyer
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  • Profile picture of the author glennshep
    I too would have to say it would be: "Focus on one thing and master it."

    I shudder to think of how much time and money I've wasted over the years through 'shiny object' flitting.

    As an additional point, any newbies reading this thread would do well to take all this stuff on board and apply it. It will help save you much frustration down the line
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanHarrison
    If I could start again I would ignore all of the glossy sales pages and wild claims of push button profits and sales with no site or traffic.

    I would advise anyone starting out to sit down and think about what is really involved in working online. It is a business just the same as anything offline therefore it needs to be approached as a full on business .
    Research your niche and what people want from it then devise a clear business plan with your customer in mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Social App Zone
    I would travel back to the Precambrian period (Precambrian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) , stomp on EVERYTHING I can and leave a container load of Ipads playing justin bieber until the batteries go flat....

    Then come back and see how this IM is all working for what ever the hell you had all evolved into.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by Social App Zone View Post

      I would travel back to the Precambrian period (Precambrian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) , stomp on EVERYTHING I can and leave a container load of Ipads playing justin bieber until the batteries go flat....

      Then come back and see how this IM is all working for what ever the hell you had all evolved into.
      I LIKE IT!!!!
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