Your first 3 months as an internet marketer.

by LimitlessTraffic 25 replies
I remember my first 3 months as an internet marketer (or rather, the process of becoming one) was excruciating and expensive.

As is the trend nowadays, any gap in knowledge can be filled through a simple Youtube search. I was a typical beginner, who searched up "How to make money online" and obviously I came across a plethora of videos. I watched many videos and eventually clicked on a link and was compelled to follow through with the sales funnel.

Since then, I was hooked into believing in all the hype around this industry and how easy it was to make money online. I soon realized that I have maxed out my credit card (I bought over 10 different products including up-sells) and it slowly daunted on me that I have not yet made a single dime. I was so overwhelmed with information that some days I just sat there in front of my PC and stared blankly in front of me.

Now, there has to be a point in life when you feel pushed to the edge of an abyss. You either fall or snap out of it and jump. For me, that day eventually came and I took a leap of fate. I decided to ignore the voice in my head that cautioned me of failure and took action. The first thing I did was to borrow money from my parents and quite my full-time job. Instead of jumping straight into internet marketing training, I decided to focus on personal development first. This helped me stay focus and determined. Mindset training to me, is vital, because it helped me take the right action and ultimately earn money online.

The intention of this thread is to help those who are starting out and to remind them of the two biggest factors that cause others to fail an internet marketer:
1) Information Overload and 2) Shiny Object Syndrome.

If you remember your experience from when you first started as an internet marketer, please share your stories. I really think this can help those starting out stay on the right track and avoid pitfalls along the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author sidneyng
    LOL. Yeah I remember my first 3 months of struggling and trying out the "next best thing" I could get my paws on.
    I think as what OP mentioned - you need to decide what is it you want to do, really understand how to monetize it, find role models that have been doing it right - and reverse engineering that with your own strengths and personality.

    But being very clear on what you want to do is vital.

    Is it via Affiliate sites? List building? Amazon? Kindle? WSO's (seriously!)?

    Then finding out how they do it NOT buy buying everything that comes out - but by seeing how do they market it.

    That realization and doing just that has stopped me from the BSO syndrome and lead me to doing what I should be doing...
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      The first 3 months, l was developing a website and learning a few telephone books worth of SEO.

      Shortly after that time and the promised few hundred a month didn't happen, l got a bit wary, but pressed on!

      Then gave up on it after 2.5 years of hard slog!

      But 13% of people who create a site or blog, manage to make up to $500 a month from it, even after 5 years, l still can't figure out how, but maybe one day?


      I didn't really suffer from shiny object symdrome, all that much, although l did go from one concept to another over months and years, or tended to try something new, until l realized if it was a good fit for me.

      So, l tried...

      • PPC, for 7 months and realised it was to expensive to test and scale, although depending surely on Google, wasn't a good base to start a business on.

      • Tried other traffic sources, namely lists and cheap traffic. Both got the clicks, but very few sales.

      • Tried or looked into Banner traffic, but yet again, crappy conversions if any.

      • Tried some more SEO tactics for my first site, but all that happened was a trickle of traffic, and months of time wasted writing articles, or creating videos.

      • Also tried joining another group, that creates software, or shows you how to pay others to create software for WSO's, etc. Now l have to admit my first try did pretty well, to this date l have ended up with more than $1000 in sales, although most of that was affiliate sales.

      I probably got back a few hundred all up, but if l kept at it, within a year or two it would get close to replacing a job income.

      So it might be a good starting point for newbies?


      But since it took a lot of work and had limited profits, as well as the fact that dealing with a programmer, that didn't listen, always seemed to have his hand out, and had to be told to do something several times, it got weary over time.

      I certainly didn't want to do this for a year or two, but as said before it would most likely work if l kept at it, (building a list, etc).


      • Then l tried creating graphics for a site. I could do it all myself, and their SEO traffic converted well, without me having to muck around with paid traffic.

      I had an initial success, then tried a few big or profitable concepts, that failed miserably.

      I am currently working on something, after learning from the initial failures, that should turn everything around.

      Or at least has a better chance.

      Once l have a good success with decent sales, then the sky is the limit, or l can outsource the work as others have done!


      This is after more than 5 and a half years online!


      Becoming successful online is physically easy, emotionally it can be the hardest thing imaginable. But failure makes you more determined and wiser, so over time success becomes more and more likely.

      Until you hit the jackpot! :p

      Just keep telling yourself, initially that if IM was easy, (shiny object, press 3 buttons to create wealth crap) then no one would get up early and go through peak hour traffic every day to make an income with a limit!

      Everyone would be online buying the shiny object and seeing money pour into their bank accounts.


      You would also see the gov, bringing in legislation to combat it, because the last thing they want is people doing very little and making a fortune!

      They want individuals putting themselves out so the country grows and prospers.


      Getting a job is generally easy in the short term, but not good long term.

      IM is the opposite, short term, (typically 5 years) it is hard, but long term when you figure it out, then the money pouring into your bank account is possible!


      It all comes down to what you are prepared to sacrifice to be rich!


      Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author Alast
    I have yet to experience my first three months, but so far the only things I have purchased are things that I wouldn't look back on (animation software, War Room Member). If I go below a certain point on my PayPal, I freelance. That being said, I haven't done any REAL marketing such as affiliate marketing; which has been successful. I've tried ClickBank and Amazon using free methods, but have yet to be successful. I won't go out of my way to buy anything unless I am guaranteed to make some money from it. Until I am at a comfortable amount on my PayPal balance, I'll stick with freelancing.

    I don't think the "Shiny Object Syndrome" has struck me yet as I am way too cautious with my money right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
      Sounds like you've got it all planned out

      Just one thing though, guaranteed to make money is a big statement and there is in fact nothing out there that guarantees this. It comes down to whether the person takes action and implement the training provided.

      Originally Posted by Alast View Post

      I have yet to experience my first three months, but so far the only things I have purchased are things that I wouldn't look back on (animation software, War Room Member). If I go below a certain point on my PayPal, I freelance. That being said, I haven't done any REAL marketing such as affiliate marketing; which has been successful. I've tried ClickBank and Amazon using free methods, but have yet to be successful. I won't go out of my way to buy anything unless I am guaranteed to make some money from it. Until I am at a comfortable amount on my PayPal balance, I'll stick with freelancing.

      I don't think the "Shiny Object Syndrome" has struck me yet as I am way too cautious with my money right now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alast
        Originally Posted by LimitlessTraffic View Post

        Sounds like you've got it all planned out

        Just one thing though, guaranteed to make money is a big statement and there is in fact nothing out there that guarantees this. It comes down to whether the person takes action and implement the training provided.
        What I mean is: I'm not going to purchase anything that I'm not sure will make money until I have a somewhat consistent income, or enough money to take the risk. Understanding that in order to have a consistent income, it's nearly a necessity to spend SOME money - I'll probably take a bit of a risk one day. Until then, oDesk, Fiverr and creating whiteboard scribes will be my main source of income over the next few months.

        I need to analyse what I'm dealing with before I go through with it. I'll be trying War Room offers which are free, and hopefully they will lead me to expand my knowledge and give me a bit more money to use.

        P.S. I guess what helps me not need to go after the shiny objects is that I know that I don't NEED to be earning money online right now; I want to. If I get to the point of desperation, I'll probably develop the Shiny Object Syndrome.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by Alast View Post

      If I go below a certain point on my PayPal, I freelance. That being said, I haven't done any REAL marketing such as affiliate marketing; which has been successful. I've tried ClickBank and Amazon using free methods, but have yet to be successful. I won't go out of my way to buy anything unless I am guaranteed to make some money from it. Until I am at a comfortable amount on my PayPal balance, I'll stick with freelancing.
      Selling your freelancing services IS real marketing.

      And the better you get at it and the more value you
      can provide with your services the more money you
      can make.


      Always remember in the Gold Rush it was the guys
      selling picks, shovels and supplies who ended up
      making a reliable income and many of those suppliers
      ended up becoming REALLY wealthy.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by LimitlessTraffic View Post

    If you remember your experience from when you first started as an internet marketer, please share your stories.
    My sorry and embarrassing tale of "the first 3 months" is right here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8532320
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  • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
    lol, now thats a story Alexa! The best part is where you never gave up.

    With your forum stats I can only assume you are living the internet marketing life
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by LimitlessTraffic View Post

      With your forum stats I can only assume you are living the internet marketing life
      LOL, if you mean that I hardly ever go out, I'm afraid this is substantially correct (but for reasons entirely extraneous either to my business or to my membership of this forum!).
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  • I never suffered from the "information overload" or the "shinny object" syndromes. During my first 3 months, I was pretty focused creating my first product while little by little building up my targeted list prior the product launch.

    God, I worked so hard and I was so focused...

    I think what helped me was to be very familiar, knowledgeable and passionate about my main niche back then. That helped me establishing my audience and creating a quality product. When you haven't nailed your choice for your niche (or you dont have a deep knowledge of that niche), it's FAR easier to lose focus and you bounce around trying to find your "spot" in the market.
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  • Profile picture of the author Syed Bilal Shah
    LOL! You guys are scaring me as I've just touched Internet marketing. Well, my mind is set on "Don't give up, try, try & try until you get positive results" So yeah, I will spend money on each and everything in IM until i stabilize myself online. Spending is not a bad move, but failing in IM is terrible. I've had watched/gone through so many affiliate courses, I would say;

    No Spending = No Results just like No Pain = No Gain



    Syed
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  • I am not going to explain my story of anything, but I do have to say one thing:

    Your three months of beginning out does not define your success and future in your IM career, but do remember the fact that your three months of starting out can define how you work. If you are used to buying the new shiny WSO or constantly doing random things that won't make you productive, that concept is going to bring and hint you down up until you continue working in the future.

    If you can't stick to something and work hard it, that bad way if working can stop you from seeing success.
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  • Profile picture of the author workdfitness
    Thank you so much for this post. I went down that rabbit hole as well. It really sucks that there is so much being thrown at you on a daily basis. You need this tool and that tool and this program promises this and that program promises that. Its just plain craziness. I agree with you that personal development is huge. Its something most of us skip at the beginning because we think we can figure it all out. They say to focus on one thing and master it. That would be my advice to anyone just getting started. Find one thing and master it. It takes 10000 hours to master something so you will be doing it for awhile. The problem I have had and I know so many others have is they try to learn it all. When you do this you are master of nothing and really just going to keep spinning your wheels. Master one thing then move to the next but only when you are getting decent results.
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    • Profile picture of the author kayebee
      The first three months were awful. Heck, the first year was awful. I was trying so many methods and niches, weight loss, gaming, fashion, and lot more, lol. I bought so many products and lost a lot of money. Hundreds of dollars. I had a big dose of Shiny Object Syndome. One thing I learned is to stick with one method to make money and one traffic source. I like writing weekly and daily goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSEO
    It was a long time ago. First month I made about $100. The next one was $300. Another one $800, and I said "f**k my daily job, if I can make $800 working for a couple hours online, I'll make much more for a full day".
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      Originally Posted by CyberSEO View Post

      It was a long time ago. First month I made about $100. The next one was $300. Another one $800, and I said "f**k my daily job, if I can make $800 working for a couple hours online, I'll make much more for a full day".
      cool , mind to share what IM you doing?

      for me..don't tease me

      PTC , now still on going ...get 1 bucks from one min payout

      than a traffice exchange , 3 bucks min already cash out few times.

      haven't earn a big ones yet
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  • I made money right away believe it or not. I just went after the low hanging fruit like expired domains, sold fiverr gigs, and micro niches.

    I did a fair amount of research first before investing any money.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    My first 3 months were writing terrible articles in niches I had no understanding of. Mostly because I was told to avoid all the "big" niches.

    I've gotten a million times better at copywriting since then, but I did spew out a ton of crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaytheanalyst
    I remember my first 3 months.

    My background is computer science. So when it came to putting together a blog, I was so focused on the technical side of things. I wasn't focused on generating results. Haha. They don't call me "Jay The Analyst" for no reason. But anyway, I learned to just go and make results instead of being so technical. Once I start moving, I can adjust the course.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerryX
    My 1st 3 months was pretty good, twitter was newish and I made money right away as an Amazon Affiliate and with Clickbank. Being a Computer Programmer for 15 years with fortune 500 companies helped as I had massive technical know-how and experience.. Most important thing I learned was to not put all my eggs in one basket. I had automated A LOT.. and things changed and my money dropped off after about a year or so in. I then had to find other and better ways to market. It's been a great journey the last several years. Looking back I have had the time of my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    YES I remember now!

    I've tried so many things over the years I really had to dig deep there.

    I can remember joining some free 20 part video series where you were guided
    through creating your first website then not much after that.

    We were up-sold after the course had finished to joining a membership site
    that just had us running around in circles to be honest.

    WOW it seems weird to look back and see how fresh and naive I was at that time.

    That's what it's all about though right.

    We live and learn and then eventually we hit the target.

    All the best
    Gavin
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  • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
    Hahaha, I remember my first 3 months. I thought it would be easy to....
    - sell stuff online --- NOPE (nobody buys from you unless they know you...even if you're way cheaper)
    - become an affiliate --- NOPE (nobody buys from you unless they know you)
    - make money off adsense --- NOPE (I never made more than $50/month)

    I gave up and started a REAL business...one with a valuable service/product...one with real customers. One that required daily interactions with other people and constant work to ensure everyone is happy (employees & customers). And then using that knowledge, I was able to become successful when I tried making money online again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Julie10
    My first three months has lasted 2 yrs! lol... I was born again (on here) a few months ago. I've gone from shiny object syndrome to information overload, and back again..lol..Now my focus is on my mindset, where I want to be, and how I'm going to get there. Also keeping myself accountable for those steps. Anyway, I guess I'm in restart mode.
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  • Profile picture of the author daavid3
    I was lucky my first 3 months were amazing.. Making more money in those 3 months than I did in my entire life combined..
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    My first 3 months was learning about all the different types of ways a person can make money online. I watched videos, read articles, then eventually ended up here at Warrior forum.

    I did a quick search here then joined a coaching program that taught me step by step how to create a successful business online from building email list.

    I must say I feel fortunate that I spent my money and continue to do till this day on this memership site instead of hundreds of wso's.

    Since then I have started growing my income online, and continue to learn new things each day.

    My advice for anyone starting. Look through all the methods there are online to make money... Blogging, Ebay, Adesense, List building -- then pick ONE.

    After that if you have the money invest in a mentor or coaching program. This will save you months of learning and struggle and help you succeed faster online
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