Information overload. Not sure where to begin with Internet Marketing

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Hello Warrior Forum. I am new to internet marketing and have been reading the forums for a couple of months. I want to make money I am just not sure where to begin. I feel every time I read the forums I get overloaded with information

A little background about me. I currently have a full time job in which I am lucky enough that I can work on some of my own projects during the day when I am slow. I have some basic html knowledge and I am familiar with word press. I have a few domains which are collecting dust and personal blog I am in the process of adding content to.

Current goal is to have some other streams of revenue coming in besides my full time job.

Long term pipedream is to work for myself.

My original plan was to start a drop ship site and go from there but after reading the forums I would like to start smaller and maybe try setting up an Amazon on another affiliate site and also try to drive traffic somehow to my blog and use one of the ad networks for some revenue.

I am just not sure how to begin. I do not consider myself a good writer which is slowing me done with my own blog. I have a few niches I am interested in but I am not really sure the best way to market them and I really do not know a lot about SEO at this time but that will change with the more I read and try. I guess what I am asking is what is the best bet for a beginner like me to get
started with.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
    There are tons of ways of making money on the Internet and what is best for you depends on your own knowledge, skill set and what you enjoy doing.

    It's very difficult to advise knowing so little about you.

    For example, it'd be wrong to say to go full steam ahead with your blog when you're not actually keen on writing...

    Maybe you'd be better off doing video guides or providing a service? Are you comfortable in front of the camera? Do you have any skills that are in demand? What would make you want to get up in the morning?

    These are questions that would have to be asked to point you in a better direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Hi Matt,

    Well, I disagree: I believe you have an exactly facility for writing. This is one of the best intros' I've ever read.

    To be totally blunt: there are literally thousands of options available to you. Deciding which one to recommend is proving difficult for me.

    What I'll do, instead, is give you a general game plan. If it's useful, great; if not, no problem!

    I would begin by considering 2 options: selling as an affiliate or selling your own product (and dealing with shipping, in the case of a physical product).

    Most likely, the latter may be most appropriate for you.

    Find a product based on the most profit potential:

    - Investigate demand in different markets
    - Find out the cheapest price you can purchase the product and sell to that market
    - Obviously, the best product will have the most profit and be capable of many sales.

    Low-cost items are best. You can generally make the most profit from them and sales are relatively easy. It's often possible to purchase a product for 50 cents and sell for 2 or 3 dollars or more. The same cannot usually be said of high-ticket items.

    Create an information-rich site around this one product (or group of related products). Make it an authority site for this product or products.

    You can then look at getting traffic in the usual ways.

    Some of which are:

    - Video Marketing
    - Newsletter Promotion
    - Social Networks
    - Article Marketing & Syndication
    - Groups
    - PDF Sharing
    - Press Releases
    - Classifieds

    There are many more traffic options, of course!

    If you work hard on the above method, which seems tailored to you, you'll be throwing yourself into a worthwhile, long-term business.

    I hope that helps somewhat!
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  • Profile picture of the author dewayneboyd
    Originally Posted by RookieMatt View Post

    Hello Warrior Forum. I am new to internet marketing and have been reading the forums for a couple of months. I want to make money I am just not sure where to begin. I feel every time I read the forums I get overloaded with information

    A little background about me. I currently have a full time job in which I am lucky enough that I can work on some of my own projects during the day when I am slow. I have some basic html knowledge and I am familiar with word press. I have a few domains which are collecting dust and personal blog I am in the process of adding content to.

    Current goal is to have some other streams of revenue coming in besides my full time job.

    Long term pipedream is to work for myself.

    My original plan was to start a drop ship site and go from there but after reading the forums I would like to start smaller and maybe try setting up an Amazon on another affiliate site and also try to drive traffic somehow to my blog and use one of the ad networks for some revenue.

    I am just not sure how to begin. I do not consider myself a good writer which is slowing me done with my own blog. I have a few niches I am interested in but I am not really sure the best way to market them and I really do not know a lot about SEO at this time but that will change with the more I read and try. I guess what I am asking is what is the best bet for a beginner like me to get
    started with.
    Something I have done but am not doing now is crime news blogging. Are you familiar with how to use Google News? Use it to find out about major crimes throughout the country (I am talking mostly murder here). Stick to US only Summarize each homicide. These articles are short and easy to do. You don't have to be a good writer. You don't have to do hardly any research. Find the stories and summarize them. That's it.

    I have done this. It works. Monetize with AdSense. No excuses left. Get to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author BillyPilgrim
      Hi Matt,
      Number one is your mindset. "Long term pipe dream"...you've already told yourself that what you want is a pipe dream. Bad ju-ju there. You've said a lot of what you think you aren't good at. Start thinking at what you are good at and how you will inevitably get better at the other things.
      • How will you drive traffic to your site
      • How to capture lead, which you then convert to
      • Sales
      • Email marketing so as to upsell and begin your
      • Marketing Sales Funnel
      Just a basic list, to be sure. But classic marketing doesn't change. The internet is just a vehicle. Build a business, not just try to make money online.

      Buddy
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    • Profile picture of the author mrjasonser
      Originally Posted by dewayneboyd View Post

      Something I have done but am not doing now is crime news blogging. Are you familiar with how to use Google News? Use it to find out about major crimes throughout the country (I am talking mostly murder here). Stick to US only Summarize each homicide. These articles are short and easy to do. You don't have to be a good writer. You don't have to do hardly any research. Find the stories and summarize them. That's it.

      I have done this. It works. Monetize with AdSense. No excuses left. Get to work.
      Wow! This idea is pretty cool! You mean just find news in googles, set up a blog, throw in adsense code and start writing?
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      • Profile picture of the author honestim
        Bro,

        Welcome to the beautiful world of internet marketing. You have had a lot of information in this thread to ponder over already. Now is the time to sit back, analyze them, shoot for one approach and spend every bit of energy you have in making it work for you.

        Wish you all the success!

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        • Profile picture of the author rmIM
          Hey Matt-

          I appreciate that you asked this question. I have another thread asking about how to get started in WSO Product creation or what is the best way to start in a product launch.

          Writing Unique content is a beautiful thing, from knowing what people want to hear to researching the marketing on a particular niche you might have.

          Just as an example...I have a full-time J-O-B...I am a Lead Network Engineer and have tons of expierience in that niche. I am overly techie guy..but at the same time love to write and share content that helps other people succeed. Zig Ziglar said it best - "You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want,"

          Here is some info from my blog to help you unlock your writing potential.

          1. It takes Practice
          I remember in my early days when I'd spend hours writing even the shortest of posts. While there are still some posts that are more of a grind to write and can take time (for example three days ago I spent most of the day working on the Ultimate Guide to Writing Comments on Blogs) I do think that my writing has sped up when I compare it to how I used to write.

          Related to this idea of practice is that when I write regularly I find that I write faster. If I write every day I get into a groove but if I take a couple of weeks off for a vacation I often find it really difficult to get going again.

          While I don't think every blog needs to publish a post every day - I do see this as a good argument for bloggers to write something every day - just to keep your writing flowing.

          2. Break it Down: How I do It
          The second thing that comes to mind is that when I approach a larger topic and sit down to write what I think will be a longer post I tend write in a different way to when I write shorter posts.

          Knowing that the topic is big I will often try to come up with an outline for the post before I start.

          3.Start with a List
          For me this means I almost always create a bullet point list before I start writing a longer post.

          The list simply contains the main points or sub topics that I want to touch on in the post. Each point might simply be a word or two but as I create the list I begin to look at the post not as a massive overwhelming job but as a series of smaller tasks that I need to work through to write the post.

          4.Expand Each Point
          With the list in hand I will generally try to start writing a paragraph or two on each point.

          Of course as I write inspiration might come and I might add in points or change their order - but with the list to work through I quite often find that the post is written before I realise it.

          5.Introductions, Conclusions and Titles
          Once I've worked through all the points I will usually go back to to the beginning and work on my post title, write an introduction (or tweak what I've already written) and will then work on a conclusion and call to action.

          I know some people like to write their introduction first but I find my introductions flow a lot better if I know what I've written rather than writing an introduction to something I'm not completely sure of how it will end.

          6.Make it Flow and Consider Format
          Sometimes I might also need to work a little on tying points together to make the post flow but as I tend to write articles in a single sitting I will often have naturally done this as I've written.

          The other thing to consider at this point is how I'll format the post. Because I've started with a list might mean that the post ends up looking like a list. A good example of this is my recent post '7 Ways to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out' in which I followed this exact process and then number each of the points in the post.

          Your post need not be numbered or look like a list though. Alternatively you might just use headings to start each point without any numbers (as I did recently in my post on on my Facebook experiments) or you might even choose to present the post as an article/essay without any headings.

          My personal preference is to break a post down with headings, steps or into a list - mainly because I think it makes my posts easier to read (see below on this).

          7.Edit and Polish
          Last of all comes a once over to Edit and Polish the post.

          I personally find that this stage works best for me if I have a break from writing - even an hour or two away from the post gives a little perspective and can help make final edits that take the post up a notch.

          8.Good for the Writer and Good for the Reader
          The other thing worth mentioning is that this style of writing (starting with a list) can end up producing articles that are not only easier to write - but easier to read.

          I find that my readers often give more positive affirmations on a post if its broken down into a well organised flow and smaller sections.

          This doesn't mean you can't go deep into a topic - but just think about how you can get to that deeper destination by breaking it down and ordering your points to get them to the place you want to take them.
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          • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
            Hey,

            Information overload can be very dangerous at the beginning and very hard to deal with because you realize there's so much that gets involved with building a business and you start getting frustrated and give up too easily.

            Here's the solution;

            Focus on ONE thing at a time and master it before moving into the next one.

            Its a mind thing.

            Unless you start making the CONSCIOUS decision to focus your time and energy on ONE thing and get to work... you'll always get distracted by so many things and you'll make the problem even worse. This brings to the "shiny object syndrome".

            Pick something. ONE thing only.

            You don't need any "deep study" and trying to achieve perfection will only bring you to infinite procrastination.

            Keep this in mind; you'll learn and improve as you implement/take action. Even if you make a mistake or two, IT DOES NOT MATTER. Just TAKE ACTION and redo that step again.

            You have been conditioned to believe that failing is such a bad thing. It's not!
            It's actually a good thing.

            The only thing you have to do is to redo what u already did but correctly this time.

            Simple as that!

            Setting daily tasks and stick to them can help you accomplish your goals more quickly!

            Best
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            • Profile picture of the author Infonet
              I know how you feel, i have been on your show before but i have overcome that now.

              Here is what you do. stop learning and start implementing the one you have learned so far. pick a niche, get a domain and hosting, build your squezze page and start promoting your free report. with that you build a good list and start promoting affiliate offers to your list and smile to your bank.

              Hope this idea helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author SykkBoy
    Some good advice here.

    I would start by finding thigs that interest you. If you have no interest in knitting, your Knitting For Dummies site will likely fail or you'll abandon it ight after launch.

    Like sports? Start a site highlighting sports with some personal commentary, like a simple wordpress blog. Don't worry about making money or placing ads. You want traffic to your site first. Otherwise, a potential customer will be turned off hitting a site that's nothing but a banner farm (nothing wong with banner farms, btw, but they aren't part of this discussion ). Get people coming back read your blog/visit your site. Add a discussion forum once you see traffic increasing. Then start slowing placing ads and banners.

    If blogging isn't your thing, start a content aggregation site (kind of the same thing, but less personalized). Keep it focused on your subject. Don't get too ambitious and add a bunch of sections you get tired of updating all the time (a mistake I've made in the past, so speaking from experience).

    Agreed with what was said with using terms like "pipe dreams". Visualize and act. Avoid negative connotations or you will attract the negative.

    Once you've built a site, some traffic and made some money....replicate it...over and over.

    That's a basic nutshell approach, but it's a start along with the other advice in this thread.

    If you need any further advice, feel free to message me on here or skype at any time.

    Good luck with your online ventures!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Start on ebay. Get some experience with selling something and making money.

    Or start with affiliate marketing and learn the marketing side of things.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevin timothy
    Don't do like many new internet marketers and
    wait until you're 3-5 years deep to finally look
    into autoresponders.

    That should be the FIRST tool in your arsenal
    because you want to be focused on building
    your list....regardless of the niche.

    Since you already know you want a webste,
    I would obtain an reliable autoresponder and
    start setting up your sales campaigns.

    Use your expertise to provide something of
    value to whomever you're targeting. This
    can be a report, e-book, or a download of
    some sort. The key is to give your prospect
    a good reason for them to give you their
    contact information in exchange.

    Once this is set up you'll already have
    an opt-in form ready to go for your blog/website.
    The content for your site will come with
    time and growing knowledge and experience.

    The bottom line is that before you even
    begin to drive traffic to your site, put
    yourself in a position to generate leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author dominik77
    hey man
    i'll advice - not read to much .
    choose 1 niche . and start work . have a question ask . keep working to the point of 100 $ .
    then if you feel it's not yours change niche and try smth else.
    but you must be focused and start ASAP
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    • Profile picture of the author RookieMatt
      Thanks for all the info and tips. You guys are right I do need have a much more positive mindset and make working for myself a reality and not a dream

      My first goal is to get one of my domains up and running with some content and get some traffic. I registered a few domains over the last few months that are of interest to me which I also felt I could monetized at some point. I have my hosting in place and am pretty much ready to go. What has stalled me to this point was going through the forums reading about all the different ways to go about and make money with IM. I was not sure which direction to go in but after reading the replies on my thread I think I am going try an info site on one domain I have which is exercise/health related and set it up as an Amazon affiliate. I think by getting my feet wet with something easy will and push me to do more.

      You guys have also given me a lot more ideas. I appreciate all the advice and the motivation it helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author meghanswim
    Once you've got one of your domains up I would suggest blogging daily to keep the content up to date and relevant. I would also suggest using social media, videos, seo, and articles to direct people back to either your blog or to a lead capture page. As mentioned above you want to immediately start building the list as it is a great asset in the future.

    Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzacashmon3y
    hey man - i can relate. when you first start out, you'll always have to face information overload. after a while, there isn't much information to overload yourself with so all you have left to do is to take action. you're just getting started on your first step to a long journey. good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Information Overload is common, and I remember when I had it ! I spent years stuck in analysis paralysis, what I would recommend to cut the learning curve in half is to find a mentor or coach that is successful and can show you the ropes. It will cut the time and risk in half and will accelerate your results quicker. Of course 1 on 1 coaching is always more expensive there are some good coaching programs out there that you can learn from. Just stick with it, eventually you will get better and better overtime. It's like any other skill.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gordon King
    RookieMatt,

    I know exactly what you mean.

    There is some good advice here and one thing I'd add is if you've considered an IM coach/mentor?

    Being in business is tough and having someone to guide you and keep you focused can be a big help in moving forward.

    There are lots of coaching offers in the WF and one might be right for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeRemington
    Too many people complicate this process but it’s actually pretty easy.
    This proven system I’m about to show you works very well both online and off.
    Ready? Good!
    There are just 3 main steps.

    Step 1 – Find Your Market
    Discover a Deep Desperate Problem

    Step 2 - Learn a strategy, then take action and do the strategy you just learned, and immediately after that go and teach what you just learned to your marketplace. You don't have to be an expert, instead take the approach of taking your prospects on a journey with you. Lead them along with you as you learn. This helps both you and them.

    Create videos, articles, blog posts, etc. teaching the strategies or methods that you're learning. And at the end of your leasons simply tie that strategy to an affiliate product or service that takes them further and link to your affiliate link.


    Step 3 - Drive traffic to the lessons (The videos, articles, blog posts, etc.) Make money.

    P.S. You should always be working on building your list, so making your prospect interested enough in what you have to share that they optin to receive it is optimal.

    Oh and I agree with Gordon King; that's a great thought, and if you want my opinion on a great coach pm me and I'll give you my thoughts

    Make it a great day.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zhunda
      Hey RookieMatt,

      In Februarry we will launch a 21 day free newbie friendly webinair coaching. There we will explain everything from picking YOUR niche and together will help each other to make $1000 by that time.

      I will contact you as soon as we will setup the date.

      Stay updated on WSO
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Whatever you decide pick a proven business model that is tried and tested not some new "get rich quick" scheme or "new never heard before system".

    So blogging, list building, ecommerce, dropshipping, selling services etc. Follow what works and stick to a blueprint that's 100% known to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author FunMakingMoney
    Pick 1 niche which you have some passion. Check if the keywords having enough searches per month, then as the guru said..."Money is in the list...build it!" Shut out those shiny objects for a while...
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  • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
    Information overload is a natural state when starting out in internet marketing.
    In my experienced, to overcome it, it took a while to consume enough information to finally start focusing on things I wanted to do.

    I would suggest to focus on your blog first, especially if you already have some experience
    with wordpress and html.
    Put out quality content regulary and test other business ideas in your free time .

    You just need to start taking action and doing something.
    This is how you will filter out things that do work and doesn't work or aren't for you.
    The sooner you start this - the sooner you will achieve your desired results.

    If you have an idea of starting out a niche site - do some research and create one.
    When your site is done and you will need traffic - just read here on a WF.
    There are a lot of threads with traffic strategies.

    Again, that's just my own opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    In a nut shell this is would I recommend because this is what I do.
    - Find an Affiliate Program the fits your interest.
    - Start up a blog educating readers on how your affiliate products can help them
    - Ad valuable content that relates to our current industry instead of past.
    - Finally share the content through social media resources such as twitter, facebook, and others.
    It is a lot of work, but highly rewarding when it comes to passive income.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny McConnell
      You have received a lot of great advice on this thread already.

      Read a lot 'til you know a little - check.

      Build a list - great idea, and you should learn how. The trick, though, is actually doing something with one once you have it. So if you a going to do the one, commit to doing the other. Otherwise, skip it for now. You will just be another one of the many who spent time, effort, and money building an idle asset.

      Hand in hand with information overload is the shiny object syndrome. Take it from one who has made a bit of money a dozen different ways.

      Since I have often heard how hard it can be to make your first dollar online, I guess I am halfway there. And will remain so until I pay attention to the other piece of common wisdom about internet marketing.

      Find one business model you can stick with and stick with it until it works.

      And, yes, find a mentor as soon as you can. They can help take the guesswork out of things. That alone will save you untold hours of wondering if you should do the thing you are wanting to do because it might not work.

      One other thing. This from someone who has Word Nazi tendencies - your writing is fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    This is the killler of all new internet marketers.

    There are SO MANY options it's daunting to figure out where to start.

    I say start with a niche and make it one of the big three:

    - Health
    - Wealth
    - Relationships

    These are the most evergreen ones there are.

    Now figure out if you want to have a long term or short term success.

    Then get busy building a site and then try getting traffic to the site.

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  • Profile picture of the author ServeNoMore
    If you know what products you're interested in dropshipping is easy, cheap, and can be quick to setup. I used dropshipping for a survival tool type website. Once the product and marketing systems proved themselves I imported bulk from China to have plenty of inventory. I'd revisit dropshipping and ecommerce in general if you haven't given up on the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Harris
    Quick tip on information overload: unsubscribe from all the marketers' lists that you are on if they are pulling you in a direction that isn't what you are currently working on. Then you won't be tempted to go do different things and waste time hopping from idea to idea.
    If they are and they are actually helping you, then fair enough!
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    You sound more lost than anything. You just need to decide what you want to do. I don't think anyone can help you until then.

    Is there anything online that you wish was your own? That's usually the direction to look in if you don't have an idea that's new and original. If you want to post it here I'm sure someone can break down what you need to know and do to at least get the ball rolling.
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