What if almost no one likes my product?

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I'm very happy with the product that I'm creating. From time to time I spot something that can be explained / expressed better and more clearly, and I correct it. Other times I wonder if I've been doing it right, but then I look at it and I like what I see. But sometimes I worry.

What if I miss something, and the reader ends up misunderstanding or not understanding something that I thought I explained well, and become lost and disappointed?

What if they go through my product and decide that it's ok but really no big deal, not worth the fanfare, and not worth the money?

What if, no matter how much I like my own product, other people just think it's a load of old bull?

And what if I get lots of bad reviews and refund requests?



I've never made a product before so I have nothing to compare it with, and no references. I just wonder if anyone else here feels the same when they're spending all that time and effort writing a book or putting together an information product. How do you deal with it?
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  • Profile picture of the author artflair
    Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

    I'm very happy with the product that I'm creating. From time to time I spot something that can be explained / expressed better and more clearly, and I correct it. Other times I wonder if I've been doing it right, but then I look at it and I like what I see. But sometimes I worry.

    What if I miss something, and the reader ends up misunderstanding or not understanding something that I thought I explained well, and become lost and disappointed?

    What if they go through my product and decide that it's ok but really no big deal, not worth the fanfare, and not worth the money?

    What if, no matter how much I like my own product, other people just think it's a load of old bull?

    And what if I get lots of bad reviews and refund requests?



    I've never made a product before so I have nothing to compare it with, and no references. I just wonder if anyone else here feels the same when they're spending all that time and effort writing a book or putting together an information product. How do you deal with it?
    Well, I guess there's only way to find out...
    You will never succeed if you're not willing to put yourself out there!
    That means that you might fail... But you can also become an over-night success
    You can give away a few review copies before you launch the product and ask for feedback - many Warriors will be willing to help you with that!
    Good luck mate!
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  • Profile picture of the author AffiliateWaves
    There is golden rule

    Don't worry about consequences ,just do your work .You will never learn your strength unless you have used it .

    Just go with product launch , at least you have taken some action , some people just want to start it and always thinking to start it but they never start it .

    Good luck to you
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  • Profile picture of the author dean20653
    If you give some review copies away be sure that it's to a reputable warrior who will give honest and straight forward feedback. Not someone who skims, jumps over areas, and forms an invalid opinion .. Just my advice
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Testing is the only way you can find about your product.

    Bring your product out.
    See what others says about it?
    See What people like or dislike in it?
    See why people are asking for refund?

    Now its time to sit down and analyze your product, as you are the creator of your product, now you would be in a better position to analyze it deeply.
    If something is missing in it; correct it.

    You will come up with good product if you are willing to go through testing and analyzing process.

    And another thing never be afraid of what other would think; speak your mind (in your case release your product) you cannot make happy everyone But if you are able to help even fewer people with your product, then it is worthy for you and others.
    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfe655
    I agree with dean, get some review copies out. Can't what if it to death. If you get some good people to review it you should and tweak it before you release be OK.

    I just bought a WSO about something I was really interested in and am pretty disappointed so far and I bought it through a link from a pretty high profile guy which makes me think he didn't buy it or review it before he promoted it. It was only 7 bucks and not a big deal really but it makes me think some don't practice what they preach.

    Like I said it was a subject I was pretty interested and if I had to pay 15, 20, 40 bucks for it I would have already got a refund.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    I feel you man! I'm on the process of creating my product as well and from time to time. I doubt myself and the product I'm creating...

    I try to make my product even better when I see a similar one, due to that It took me a 3 months to complete my product.. Adding more stuffs to make it better.

    I realized that product alone will not bring sale.. a good product is good enough and you can always make it better after the launch.. Other factors such as Sales Copy and Sales funnel will be part of the factors on your profit..

    Hahaha.. I stopped adding features on the software and started working on the Sales copy.. Lets just hope that perfectionism wont hit me again and takes me another 3 months to complete this one so I can launch next month Lol.

    I'm glad you posted and now knows that I'm not alone launching our product! Anyway good luck to us and I hope you complete yours too..

    Looking forward to our success!
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by Marked09 View Post

      I feel you man! I'm on the process of creating my product as well and from time to time. I doubt myself and the product I'm creating...

      I try to make my product even better when I see a similar one, due to that It took me a 3 months to complete my product.. Adding more stuffs to make it better.

      I realized that product alone will not bring sale.. a good product is good enough and you can always make it better after the launch.. Other factors such as Sales Copy and Sales funnel will be part of the factors on your profit..

      Hahaha.. I stopped adding features on the software and started working on the Sales copy.. Lets just hope that perfectionism wont hit me again and takes me another 3 months to complete this one so I can launch next month Lol.

      I'm glad you posted and now knows that I'm not alone launching our product! Anyway good luck to us and I hope you complete yours too..

      Looking forward to our success!
      Let's be scared together.
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    What you're going through is pretty normal. The only way to see if your product is going to be a success or a failure is by launching it. You already mentioned that you learned new things that will improve your product. In this case, there's really nothing to be scared of since you've done what you can do to the best of your ability.

    Since this is your first venture, don't be too hard on yourself. You shouldn't be scared of failure. Experts or those IM who became successful had several failures. These failures made them better in their chosen niche. You can't expect a perfect outcome on your first venture. Everything is a continuous process.

    Have faith and trust in your capabilities. Be confident. You can ask help from fellow Warriors to check your product before officially launching it. In this manner, you are minimizing your mistakes that can lead to future failure/s. As they say learn from your mistakes.

    Sometimes failure is the opposite of success, but sometimes failure can be the pathway to success. ― David W. Jones
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by vedremo View Post

      What you're going through is pretty normal. The only way to see if your product is going to be a success or a failure is by launching it. You already mentioned that you learned new things that will improve your product. In this case, there's really nothing to be scared of since you've done what you can do to the best of your ability.

      Since this is your first venture, don't be too hard on yourself. You shouldn't be scared of failure. Experts or those IM who became successful had several failures. These failures made them better in their chosen niche. You can't expect a perfect outcome on your first venture. Everything is a continuous process.

      Have faith and trust in your capabilities. Be confident. You can ask help from fellow Warriors to check your product before officially launching it. In this manner, you are minimizing your mistakes that can lead to future failure/s. As they say learn from your mistakes.

      Sometimes failure is the opposite of success, but sometimes failure can be the pathway to success. ― David W. Jones
      Encouraging words. You know, the reason why I'm so worried is because 4 years ago I went onto a forum related to my topic and I talked about my system which is now the focus of my book (it was just an idea at the time, no book). Out of the 16 people who responded, only 1 understood what I was talking about. The rest were very opinionated and closed minded, and they would just argue and argue without listening to my explanations. And recently I went back to see if anything had changed, but nope.

      The way I look at it, in an attempt to be positive, is this :

      * Some people can be very opinionated on forums, and they don't listen to any other view unless it's through their filter. This can apply especially to musicians (my book is about playing guitar)

      * Some people just don't get certain things. They just can't grasp them

      * If someone pays for my product, as opposed to just seeing me talking about it on their screen, they're more likely to pay attention and give it a chance, because they've invested in it. They won't want it to fail. Not for my sake, but their own. Also, the fact of being an author / product creator would give me a certain air of authority, which would make them respect what I say and try it out to see if it works, rather than dismissing it and arguing.


      I have a sales page template which I'm working on while I write my book and which I'm adding to (whenever I read about a good tip for sales pages). And I really think it's important to disqualify certain types of people. I already have within my book certain criteria such as "you must have an open mind.....otherwise this book won't help you much".
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      • Profile picture of the author RichBeck
        Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

        Encouraging words. You know, the reason why I'm so worried is because 4 years ago I went onto a forum related to my topic and I talked about my system which is now the focus of my book (it was just an idea at the time, no book). Out of the 16 people who responded, only 1 understood what I was talking about. The rest were very opinionated and closed minded, and they would just argue and argue without listening to my explanations. And recently I went back to see if anything had changed, but nope.

        The way I look at it, in an attempt to be positive, is this :

        * Some people can be very opinionated on forums, and they don't listen to any other view unless it's through their filter. This can apply especially to musicians (my book is about playing guitar)

        * Some people just don't get certain things. They just can't grasp them

        * If someone pays for my product, as opposed to just seeing me talking about it on their screen, they're more likely to pay attention and give it a chance, because they've invested in it. They won't want it to fail. Not for my sake, but their own. Also, the fact of being an author / product creator would give me a certain air of authority, which would make them respect what I say and try it out to see if it works, rather than dismissing it and arguing.


        I have a sales page template which I'm working on while I write my book and which I'm adding to (whenever I read about a good tip for sales pages). And I really think it's important to disqualify certain types of people. I already have within my book certain criteria such as "you must have an open mind.....otherwise this book won't help you much".
        Johnny,

        What an opportunity!

        This is very helpful....

        I'd loop back and explain their "objections" away... in the book itself... AND the sales page.

        I'd keep looking for even more "objections"...... The more you can address... The higher the likelihood they'll buy.

        Just stay positive..... and good things will happen....

        I know it sounds a bit "new age." But, I personally believe you shape the outcome with your thoughts and actions.

        I'm looking forward to hearing about your positive results.

        All The Best,

        Rich Beck BCIP, MCSD, MCIS
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        • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
          Originally Posted by RichBeck View Post

          Johnny,

          What an opportunity!

          This is very helpful....

          I'd loop back and explain their "objections" away... in the book itself... AND the sales page.

          I'd keep looking for even more "objections"...... The more you can address... The higher the likelihood they'll buy.

          Just stay positive..... and good things will happen....

          I know it sounds a bit "new age." But, I personally believe you shape the outcome with your thoughts and actions.

          I'm looking forward to hearing about your positive results.

          All The Best,

          Rich Beck BCIP, MCSD, MCIS
          Good idea about dealing with objections. With that in mind, do you think it's a good idea to have a FAQ section? If so, should I have it as part of the sales page, or in the intro to the book? Or maybe both?
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          • Profile picture of the author RichBeck
            Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

            Good idea about dealing with objections. With that in mind, do you think it's a good idea to have a FAQ section? If so, should I have it as part of the sales page, or in the intro to the book? Or maybe both?
            Johnny,

            I wouldn't have them as an FAQ on the sales page. I'd make it a part of the sales page... so it doesn't interrupt the flow.

            I would also make it a part of the product. I wouldn't create an FAQ. Instead, I would put it in the product wherever appropriate. This will help it seem more natural.

            All The Best,

            Rich Beck BCIP, MCSD, MCIS
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      • Profile picture of the author vedremo
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        Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

        Encouraging words. You know, the reason why I'm so worried is because 4 years ago I went onto a forum related to my topic and I talked about my system which is now the focus of my book (it was just an idea at the time, no book). Out of the 16 people who responded, only 1 understood what I was talking about. The rest were very opinionated and closed minded, and they would just argue and argue without listening to my explanations. And recently I went back to see if anything had changed, but nope.

        The way I look at it, in an attempt to be positive, is this :

        * Some people can be very opinionated on forums, and they don't listen to any other view unless it's through their filter. This can apply especially to musicians (my book is about playing guitar)

        * Some people just don't get certain things. They just can't grasp them

        * If someone pays for my product, as opposed to just seeing me talking about it on their screen, they're more likely to pay attention and give it a chance, because they've invested in it. They won't want it to fail. Not for my sake, but their own. Also, the fact of being an author / product creator would give me a certain air of authority, which would make them respect what I say and try it out to see if it works, rather than dismissing it and arguing.


        I have a sales page template which I'm working on while I write my book and which I'm adding to (whenever I read about a good tip for sales pages). And I really think it's important to disqualify certain types of people. I already have within my book certain criteria such as "you must have an open mind.....otherwise this book won't help you much".
        You've found your truth and realization already when it comes to Forums. It's a process of elimination. Take it all in then do the process of elimination. Only apply what resonates well with you or your product. Keep an open mind before you make any final judgment.

        That's the way life is - we just have to take risks especially if it's something that's from our passion, hobbies or interests.

        Eventually, the universe knows the perfect time when all our hard work will be rewarded.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    If you're that concerned, after you've proof read it over and over again, get it in front of someone you trust that will give you an honest opinion.
    And even as you're polishing it up, think about what questions the harshest possible critics might have. If your product answers those, you're golden.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Here's what I tell my own kids....sentences that start with the words "What if" are almost never worth completing. Where would Babe Ruth be if he had stood at the plate and thought...what if I strike out, what if it's a foul ball, what if the left fielder catches it...
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  • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
    Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

    I'm very happy with the product that I'm creating. From time to time I spot something that can be explained / expressed better and more clearly, and I correct it. Other times I wonder if I've been doing it right, but then I look at it and I like what I see. But sometimes I worry.

    What if I miss something, and the reader ends up misunderstanding or not understanding something that I thought I explained well, and become lost and disappointed?

    What if they go through my product and decide that it's ok but really no big deal, not worth the fanfare, and not worth the money?

    What if, no matter how much I like my own product, other people just think it's a load of old bull?

    And what if I get lots of bad reviews and refund requests?



    I've never made a product before so I have nothing to compare it with, and no references. I just wonder if anyone else here feels the same when they're spending all that time and effort writing a book or putting together an information product. How do you deal with it?
    You have the same kind of uncertainty as when I first started and released my first product. Before I did, I would constantly go over it and re-read it to make sure that it's ok ... but still never released it because I started thinking what about this and what about that.

    If you never released a product before, fine .... we've all been there at one point in our lives but you know what, we did it anyway. We took the risk. That risk is the only way to find out if people actually were receptive to our products or not. And hey, you may get some returns. No matter how great your product may be, someone will always try to return it ... if you have a guarantee.

    What I did was was have a couple friends and a few subscribers to my site (like 2 - 3) read my product and gave me honest feedback on it. You're always going to think highly of your own work, but that feedback from other people is what you need. And after they gave their honest opinions, I went ahead and released it.

    Maybe you can do the same, or just go ahead and take the risk that entrepreneurs take on a daily basis ... just go and do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by shadeofinfo View Post

      You have the same kind of uncertainty as when I first started and released my first product. Before I did, I would constantly go over it and re-read it to make sure that it's ok ... but still never released it because I started thinking what about this and what about that.

      If you never released a product before, fine .... we've all been there at one point in our lives but you know what, we did it anyway. We took the risk. That risk is the only way to find out if people actually were receptive to our products or not. And hey, you may get some returns. No matter how great your product may be, someone will always try to return it ... if you have a guarantee.

      What I did was was have a couple friends and a few subscribers to my site (like 2 - 3) read my product and gave me honest feedback on it. You're always going to think highly of your own work, but that feedback from other people is what you need. And after they gave their honest opinions, I went ahead and released it.

      Maybe you can do the same, or just go ahead and take the risk that entrepreneurs take on a daily basis ... just go and do it.
      I don't mind having to tweak the product in response to customers (although I tend to wash my hands completely of something once I'm finished, so I'd really rather not have to make too many changes). What worries me is the idea that the whole product might be seen as a load of old crap.
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      • Profile picture of the author shadeofinfo
        Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

        I don't mind having to tweak the product in response to customers (although I tend to wash my hands completely of something once I'm finished, so I'd really rather not have to make too many changes). What worries me is the idea that the whole product might be seen as a load of old crap.
        If you're having those types of thoughts regarding your own product, why are you even considering to sell it? I never second guess any product I create. I'm sure that alot of people on here don't second guess the products they create or think it might be seen as crap.

        If that's your thinking, you already lost the battle because even if you do release it, you'll be thinking that (1) there's no point to promote it because I'm worried what people might think and (2) there's no point to anticipate sales and let me prepare for refunds.

        I honestly think you need to take that leap of faith my friend and really see for yourself. It's all a learning experience. If your product is not good this time around, you can always ask those who purchased it what you need to improve on so you can do better the next time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shadowflux
        Here's what I would suggest:

        1. Finish the Product
        It doesn't have to be 100% perfect, it just has to be done. You can always add more flash and bling later.

        2. Do a limited market release
        This is like a beta release for software. Find a few good people who are in your target market. Send them a copy of the product with an NDA. Let them tell you what they think. Make sure they're honest.

        3. Improve the product
        Based on what the test market said, fix, change, and add to the product.

        Once that's done, you can do a full on product launch. The failure to do these sorts of things have killed a great many products in the past.
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        • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
          Originally Posted by Shadowflux View Post

          Here's what I would suggest:

          1. Finish the Product
          It doesn't have to be 100% perfect, it just has to be done. You can always add more flash and bling later.

          2. Do a limited market release
          This is like a beta release for software. Find a few good people who are in your target market. Send them a copy of the product with an NDA. Let them tell you what they think. Make sure they're honest.

          3. Improve the product
          Based on what the test market said, fix, change, and add to the product.

          Once that's done, you can do a full on product launch. The failure to do these sorts of things have killed a great many products in the past.
          What's an NDA? Also, is it advisable to sell full info products (bot just a book) on Amazon? I ask this because Amazon takes 65% of anything over $9.99, which for a more expensive product would be a lot. Yes I could do a free or cheap teaser version of the product and then get feedback before launching the full thing, but if I do it on Amazon they'll take too huge a chunk.
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          • Profile picture of the author Shadowflux
            Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

            What's an NDA? Also, is it advisable to sell full info products (bot just a book) on Amazon? I ask this because Amazon takes 65% of anything over $9.99, which for a more expensive product would be a lot. Yes I could do a free or cheap teaser version of the product and then get feedback before launching the full thing, but if I do it on Amazon they'll take too huge a chunk.
            An NDA is a Non-Disclosure Agreement. It's a contract that says the person signing it won't disclose any information about the product. I've had to sign them when working with a few different clients. It usually has some sort of penalty, like a $5,000 fine (or higher), for breaking the agreement. The key is that it will hold up in court.

            The limited market release should be very limited. An easy way to do it would be posting here on Warrior Forum and asking for reviews. Make sure it's clear that you're not looking for testimonials but an honest assessment of the product with an eye towards improving it.

            Send it only to members who have been on the boards for a while, have a certain number of posts, and a high number of thanks.

            Once that's done, I would suggest releasing it on Amazon but also selling it on your own. You should diversify your revenue sources for maximum effect. Build a minisite for it, get affiliates, add it to amazon, do a WSO for it, the more you look for them the easier you'll find outlets for selling your product.

            When you go to create the next product, start with market analysis and product viability analysis. Research the target market and let them tell you what they would want to buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    If you are that unsure about your product it is going to come through in your writing no matter how hard you try to disguise it. Are you lacking confidence in people's reaction or are you really unsure about your content? If you are convinced in your material then be convinced. Your content, sales copy and marketing should all be done with confidence and sincerity or you are doomed from the start.

    You should be writing and marketing for the people you want to help not for the people who don't agree with some of your ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by Janice Sperry View Post

      If you are that unsure about your product it is going to come through in your writing no matter how hard you try to disguise it. Are you lacking confidence in people's reaction or are you really unsure about your content? If you are convinced in your material then be convinced. Your content, sales copy and marketing should all be done with confidence and sincerity or you are doomed from the start.

      You should be writing and marketing for the people you want to help not for the people who don't agree with some of your ideas.
      I totally believe in my system. My uncertainty about people's reaction doesn't show in my writing (including the sales page that I'm slowly working on). I'd never let it show. The reason why I believe in what I teach is because it works instantly. I mean right away. It's a system for learning how to easily find your way around the guitar fretboard, and every time I do it, it works, immediately. I'm not talking about doing it for weeks or even days, I mean it works as soon as you do it. In fact I'm amazed that I've never come across anything like it. A couple of times I've tried looking for something similar and I've found nothing that comes close.

      The thing is, it requires a lot of diagrams to illustrate it (which I've done, and they're very good and very clear), and I think I've done a pretty decent job of explaining it, step by step. My intro is 3,500 words (I'm guessing that's about 20 minutes reading time), and I know that's long, but I felt that I needed to start from the beginning and make sure everything is clear, and I use lots of analogies and metaphors to get my concept across. I'm also considering having videos of me doing all the exercises, just to be even more clear. I think I've done a good job so far, but I can't help thinking back to the days when my system was criticised on the forum that I went to to explain it. But I've taken that on board and tried to be as clear as I can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author inboxtrail
    You can make a stripped down version of your product and offer it for free, then improve and add feature users complain/rave about, so way you will not have wasted to much time to test your market.
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    What if a 20 ton meteorite falls out of the sky and
    crushes me while I'm waiting in line at Starbucks?

    A wise man once told me that worry is interest you
    pay on a debt you may never owe.

    All you can do is do your best, have it reviewed by
    competent eyes and tweak where necessary.

    Then get it out there and let the market decide.
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    Just take onboard the feedbackand adjust accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Your post #22 shows you are a lot further along than it sounded like in your first post. A full-fledged training product will be a lot better than trying to explain something in forum posts. Put the old criticism out of your mind and go for it.

    You might want to think about Clickbank instead of Amazon. I would definitely do the videos and you could possibly use that as an upsell after they purchased your written content. You might also consider getting a JV partner that could help you with all this. There are Warriors that have launched multiple products on Amazon and Clickbank that could speed up and simplify things for you. They also have connections to other good affiliates that could help market your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author dailycoinsnet
    You always need to test your product carefully to see if your business model will work. It's the only way to make sure that you don't waste your time and money. It doesn't matter what you think of your product if no one else likes it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coach Comeback
    I felt the exact same with my very first product launch.

    Now, after having launched several.. I realize.. no matter how great the product is one thing is for sure...

    You will never have 100% happy people. You just can't please everyone. And it is not a reflection of you OR your product. It is a reflection of that customers experience.

    I have had people tell me it was the best product they have ever spent any money on...

    And someone tell me it was a total waste of time...

    Same product..

    Who is right???

    Both ... and .... Neither.

    All you can do is put up your very best... the rest is out of your control. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can have piece of mind and get back to launching products sooner without worrying about what one person may think.

    Good luck to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author RichBeck
      Originally Posted by Coach Comeback View Post

      I felt the exact same with my very first product launch.

      Now, after having launched several.. I realize.. no matter how great the product is one thing is for sure...

      You will never have 100% happy people. You just can't please everyone. And it is not a reflection of you OR your product. It is a reflection of that customers experience.

      I have had people tell me it was the best product they have ever spent any money on...

      And someone tell me it was a total waste of time...

      Same product..

      Who is right???

      Both ... and .... Neither.

      All you can do is put up your very best... the rest is out of your control. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can have piece of mind and get back to launching products sooner without worrying about what one person may think.

      Good luck to you.
      James,

      100% spot on, my friend......

      No matter what you do.....

      Some people will love you...

      A few will hate you....

      EVEN Eben Pagan has his "haters."

      That is just the way it is....

      All The Best,

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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by Coach Comeback View Post

      I felt the exact same with my very first product launch.

      Now, after having launched several.. I realize.. no matter how great the product is one thing is for sure...

      You will never have 100% happy people. You just can't please everyone. And it is not a reflection of you OR your product. It is a reflection of that customers experience.

      I have had people tell me it was the best product they have ever spent any money on...

      And someone tell me it was a total waste of time...

      Same product..

      Who is right???

      Both ... and .... Neither.

      All you can do is put up your very best... the rest is out of your control. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can have piece of mind and get back to launching products sooner without worrying about what one person may think.

      Good luck to you.
      It's funny you should say that. Yesterday I was looking on Amazon for a tripod for my phone to use when making videos of me doing the exercises in my book. I was reading reviews, and someone gave one of the tripods a 1 star, and said that their phone didn't fit properly and that it was an awful tripod. Then I looked at the specs, and the width and thickness limit. Then I looked at the dimensions of their phone, and lo and behold, it's too thick to fit. So the person selling the tripod now has a bad review all just because someone didn't bother to check the specs. I ended up ordering that very tripod myself. I didn't check the specs of my phone (I guess I was in buying mode) but it's an iphone and that's pretty standard so I'm sure it will be fine. But if it doesn't fit, I won't be blaming anyone but myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    If you are really helping your customers find what they need, you should trust your work. The constructive criticism of those who will analyze your work not always will be really constructive, and you may find different opinions.

    Your main purpose must be to help your customers do what they want without wasting time or dealing with complications. You have to understand what will help your product become better or not when you will relate other people’s opinions about it.

    You also have to care about beating the competition. Your product may be excellent, but your competitors won't let you steal their customers. Dealing with the fierce competition you find is the hardest part.

    Even if your product is very helpful, you won't be successful if you won't promote it. Many mediocre products are selling thanks to the marketing techniques used by their owners, and not based on their quality. You need a marketing plan, besides creating a good product.




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  • Profile picture of the author MonopolyOnline
    Originally Posted by Johnny1975 View Post

    I'm very happy with the product that I'm creating. From time to time I spot something that can be explained / expressed better and more clearly, and I correct it. Other times I wonder if I've been doing it right, but then I look at it and I like what I see. But sometimes I worry.

    What if I miss something, and the reader ends up misunderstanding or not understanding something that I thought I explained well, and become lost and disappointed?

    What if they go through my product and decide that it's ok but really no big deal, not worth the fanfare, and not worth the money?

    What if, no matter how much I like my own product, other people just think it's a load of old bull?

    And what if I get lots of bad reviews and refund requests?



    I've never made a product before so I have nothing to compare it with, and no references. I just wonder if anyone else here feels the same when they're spending all that time and effort writing a book or putting together an information product. How do you deal with it?
    Wow! I thought I was reading my own words.

    I too am putting together my first product (blogging app) for the IM market.

    When I go to bed, I'm so proud of my work.

    In the morning it's like who's the idiot that did that.

    I wish there was a "developer pool" where we could evaluate each others work during development.

    Maybe I should build something... ... some day.

    Take a deep breath... ... and proceed!

    Best Wishes! To Your Success!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author RichBeck
      Originally Posted by MonopolyOnline View Post

      Wow! I thought I was reading my own words.

      I too am putting together my first product (blogging app) for the IM market.

      When I go to bed, I'm so proud of my work.

      In the morning it's like who's the idiot that did that.

      I wish there was a "developer pool" where we could evaluate each others work during development.

      Maybe I should build something... ... some day.

      Take a deep breath... ... and proceed!

      Best Wishes! To Your Success!!!
      MonopolyOnline,

      It already exists....

      All you have to do is pop over to Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You and post a [REVIEWERS WANTED] ad.

      All The Best,

      Rich Beck BCIP, MCSD, MCIS
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  • Profile picture of the author unclejesse
    Hey bud. Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."

    He wasn't thinking about whether or not he was going to make the shot, he was just taking the shot.

    It is hard to not think about what could go wrong and what might happen, I understand that. However, you just have to live in the moment and if problems arise, deal with them then.
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  • Profile picture of the author prolific penster
    I would suggest that you have a capable friend critique it for you and even if you had written it from sometime ago, go it over your self and make last effort checks. If not go straight ahead and do your thing. If it does not work out, don't 'cry' open your eyes. Not everyone hits the bull's eye at first attempt. What will be important is that you respond positively to the criticisms. Respond positively and try and try and try...... till it comes good. You know what for sure, when you get it right, you will be better than if you had first time, or even most of who got it right first time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riki Stein
    Other people have given you great encouraging advice.

    I'm just going to add (and state the obvious) that you should make sure that the product name and sales page are really awesome. Even if the content is excellent (and it probably is, based on what you're saying), no one will ever know if they can't get lured in by the sales page.

    Might pay to run it by a copywriter when you're done (or ask here on the WF for feedback - just like you did now).

    Also might help to contact other people in the music niche and ask them to promote it for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny1975
      Originally Posted by Riki Stein View Post

      Other people have given you great encouraging advice.

      I'm just going to add (and state the obvious) that you should make sure that the product name and sales page are really awesome. Even if the content is excellent (and it probably is, based on what you're saying), no one will ever know if they can't get lured in by the sales page.

      Might pay to run it by a copywriter when you're done (or ask here on the WF for feedback - just like you did now).

      Also might help to contact other people in the music niche and ask them to promote it for you.
      Yes absolutely, the advice has been brilliant. I'm not so worried any more. I'm just going to get on with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author drewfioravanti
    People will hate it. People will steal it. People will sell it. People will share it. Hopefully, people like it.

    That's life. Every product you can think of has the same issues. You just gotta have the guts to put yourself out there.
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