"I wish I hadn't done that in my early IM days". Anyone else?

by gsinfovision Banned
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Do you guys have those "oh I so much wish I hadn't done that then" moments? I mean we've all made 100s of mistakes and thats how we learn, but has there been any specific mistake that you can't simply forget and wish to go back in time and do it right?

Here's mine:

I had a nice sounding domain name that I bought thinking I'd build a site similar to howstuffworks - the name was in my opinion even better than HSW.

I sold it to an interested buyer for just 25 bucks. I later learned that same domain changed hands for more than $3500 And that was more than 10 years back
  • Profile picture of the author Cranky
    There is one thing in specific which I wish I would have done & that is BACK UP.. I had been making an income of $500+ per day via adsense, got hacked & lost it all.. I know that sounds strange but it's true..

    I am struggling right now to get back on my feet again & I am confident enough that I will soon get back on my feet..

    I have a message to all WF members that Please make a habit of taking Back Ups as often as possible.

    Thanks gsinfovision for asking such a question.
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  • Profile picture of the author auseek
    Hell yeah !!
    All the money.. & years I wasted on buying useless products..
    trying to make this MMO thing work.
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  • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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    Originally Posted by JCorp View Post

    For me, I don't want to ever regret anything I've done in the past (no matter how "bad" it was), because it's made me who I am today...

    But if I had to think of 1 thing... it was relying on just one traffic source, on just one marketing avenue in my businesses. I should've branched out with multiple sources of traffic/marketing avenues when the one source I was relying on was doing really good for me.
    Yeah, putting all your eggs in the same basket. I guess almost everyone has had that issue at some point in time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alice12345
    When I started out, I loss some money to some "guru".

    After 1 to 2 years, I loss more money to some "product" or "guru".

    After more than 3 years, I started to make money.

    I guess its a process in IM. Get rid off by jerk that make you today. I am happy of my current situation. Yeah, i regret some stuff. But I learn more stuff with that.

    Stop doing stuff that make you regret in future is more important than remembering the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author HilaludinWahid
    experience is the best teacher...

    For me all is the Cost i've to pay for succeed...

    we will know the success pattern after we've passed .
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    • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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      Originally Posted by HilaludinWahid View Post

      we will know the success pattern after we've passed .
      Well said.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    No regrets.

    What I thought was a misstep back then ended up being the right step in hindsight.

    Everything you try gives you more knowledge as to what works and what does not.... for *you*. Everyone's path is simply different.
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    • Profile picture of the author sarah23
      Originally Posted by barbling View Post

      Everything you try gives you more knowledge as to what works and what does not.... for *you*. Everyone's path is simply different.
      Well said.


      Learning is a continuous process. We all have done mistakes. I think it's better to learn from our mistakes rather than regretting them.
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  • Profile picture of the author actionplanbiz
    no regrets. we are meant to fail... in order to fine tune and succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I spent a lot of money before learning internet marketing. I should have discovered the Warrior Forum from the beginning.







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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Every mistake I have made has taught me something. Those lessons you never forget, and hopefully you never make them again.

    It all adds up to who you are today. And hopefully I keep making mistakes so that I can keep learning.

    Oh wait - made another mistake yesterday. Dropped a pile of money on getting links to my website. The result? All 3000 visitors spent less than 5 seconds on the site and not a single signup for my free report.

    Sigh .. expensive lesson

    Di
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    • Profile picture of the author PCH
      In the first week that I started IM 2-3 years ago, I bought a product that told me I had to build a list. It seemed to make sense and I looked through it and thought some of the things I needed to do seemed a bit tricky (forgive me - I knew nothing!)

      So I looked right here on the WF for other options and there was no shortage of people in the WSO section offering products that didn't need a list.

      So long story short, I spent a year and a half fffffffaffing around with that, and other, list-free products - before FINALLY concluding that the list building idea made more sense after all.

      I know folks - I'm a slow learner. But others learn from my mistakes if they're reading this.

      Hope it helps
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      • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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        Originally Posted by PCH View Post

        I know folks - I'm a slow learner. But others learn from my mistakes if they're reading this.
        Live in the same neighborhood But, I guess everyone in IM (irrespective of earnings) is a slow learner because its so vast and requires so much testing to figure out what's right and what's wrong for YOU.
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    • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      And hopefully I keep making mistakes so that I can keep learning.

      Di
      That's epic
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    • Profile picture of the author Wealthyclark
      I can honestly say that all of my mistakes throughout my journey are actually responsible for my success today. I have purchased eBooks, courses, software, built websites, built blogs, lost money on advertising, let my domains expire and did it all over again many times. To the naked eye, I seemed to be failing hard.

      Fast forward 16 years (I'm not that old, I started young lol) and I can proudly and publicly call myself an expert because of one little fact. I never gave up on my dream and because of that I have mastered many aspects of online marketing, SEO, PPC, etc. The eBooks and courses that we all like to call useless actually played their parts well for me, if nothing else they kept me researching and testing until that big light bulb over my head illuminated.

      I could say that I wish I hadn't jumped around so much but if I didn't I might not be as knowledgeable as I am today. Yes, I was once one of those guys that moved with the crowd and the crowd moved a lot back then but this is exactly why I have so much knowledge today, trial and error.

      Fail until you succeed!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    wasting too much time on forums vs working
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  • Profile picture of the author Charmed Life
    Like others here, I've learnt a huge amount from my so-called "mistakes", so were they really mistakes? ;-)

    Every scam I bought into has taught me to be very careful about what I buy and also how important doing research on a product is. I also learnt that no-matter what others tell you, there really is no "hidden secret" or "magic button" way to succeed on-line. Building an on-line business is very much like building an off-line business; it takes focus, time and a lot of work, but it's worth it once you start seeing your effort pay off :-)

    "Mistakes" can be an invaluable part of your journey, if you choose to learn from them! Getting scammed also helped me re-affirm that what I really wanted was an ethical business, not one that relied upon ripping people off. I've seen many people fall into the trap/make the decision to scam others because they got scammed themselves. I think that is one of the reasons why people who make their money on-line can still have a bad reputation, even when it's completely unwarranted. Fortunately, forums like this are proving that there are many of us who have legitimate, ethical businesses and we aren't all out to "take the money and run".
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Elisson
    Every mistake you make is an important lesson that you learn. Even if it sometimes takes making the same mistake 4 or 5 times to really learn the lesson

    That's why I sometimes wish I could live for 200 years. Just think of all the things I would learn in a longer lifetime.

    But, for now, all we can do is work hard and try something new every day so that your rate of mistakes and learning both increase.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    3 words: filling ... out ... surveys
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    • Profile picture of the author gsinfovision
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      Originally Posted by Mark Tandan View Post

      3 words: filling ... out ... surveys
      Ha ha ha LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author january14n
    I have no regrets with what I have done before and I think everything we do happens for a purpose. The only thing that is important is that we learn from it and become a better you.
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  • Profile picture of the author markw5802
    Yes and I am still making mistakes but you learn from them and go on to success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Content Commando
    paralysis by analysis. I spent a few years sitting on this forum trying to learn everything about every method known to man, when in reality, I needed to find one, and become really good at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    I guess I'm in my early days lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindbeck
    My biggest mistake: Jumping from one opportunity to the next and buying a ton of "magic-bullet" products - instead of focusing on one core business model from the beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Nothing major. Everything you do wrong makes you learn something new.

    Some minor things like paying for custom domains to be designed for sites I hadn't even tested out if would work only for them to flop.

    It's all a learning curve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tania Edwards
    I wish I had started internet marketing as early as I was 16
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Nope, it is a waste of time to think about things that you have no control over

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  • Profile picture of the author carlo_sim
    My biggest mistake: focus my attention in making money instead of giving value

    Lesson: Always give value and help people then the money will follow. Follow your vision and always believe in yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author jakescott91
    I haven't exactly made it in the IM field, but in previous ventures I had a tendancy to be my own toughest critic and not put forward anything that I felt wasn't perfect.
    As I am learning and testing, I need to keep in mind that this perfectionest attitude is good, but can be very counter productive and can kill alot of momentum.
    And what is better then momentum when your trying to build a business??
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  • Profile picture of the author ErinWalsh
    My worst starting up mistake was hiring a friend from work to do my web page for $100. It was so amateur looking it was laughable, but I'd already paid him. I wound up selling that domain for $300.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malteaser
    I wish I got down to applying what I was learning in IM! I always kept looking for an easy way out but realized it all comes down to sacrifice and a lot of time to get things to work in this business!
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